Middle East

Algerian opposition writes letter of support to Libya's NTC

 

ALGIERS, Sept 4, 2011 (AFP) - Algeria's opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) gave its support to Libya's interim government Sunday in a letter to the National Transitional Council (NTC).
 
"As Algerian patriots fight for the democratic advancement of their country, we reiterate our complete solidarity," the RCD wrote.
 
The party, which holds 19 seats in the National Assembly, said that Libyans were en route to dealing with two issues still facing Algerians: "bringing down a military dictatorship and getting former regime officials to assume their historic duty."  
 
But the party warned the NTC against "the pitfalls that can meet a revolution following an archaic political order that gave itself the time and means to destructure and co-opt society."  
 
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika committed to political reform in April as unrest spread across parts of the population in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere.
 
Senate president Abdelkader Bensalah led the consultations which were largely boycotted by the opposition, including the RCD.
 
Bills advocating reforms will be submitted to parliament later this month.

 

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