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Vol 38 No 13

Published 20th June 1997


Algeria

In between the killers

Democracy, as well as thousands of lives, is being lost as the army fights the Islamists

The battered opposition, Western governments and the international media reacted warily to the declared results of Algeria's general elections on 5 June. The pro-regime Rassemblement National Démocratique (RND), created in April, won 155 of the 380 seats contested. The Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) – restored as an establishment party after a period in opposition – took 64. President Lamine Zeroual and his allies have emerged with what they call a 'popular mandate' to continue unpopular economic reforms and the war of attrition against underground Islamist groups.

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