In Algeria, Another Islamist Bloc Faces Disintegration

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Algeria’s splintering Islamist blocs continue to hurl accusations across the political aisle following a chaotic reorganization triggered by the withdrawal of Amar Ghoul from the Hamas party, writes Atef Kedadra. Many fear Ghoul will seek to create a rival coalition to the current government. 

The Green Algeria Alliance, a coalition of three Islamic parties, is apprehensive of being targeted after a crisis that has wreaked havoc on the Movement of Society for Peace (Hamas). The Islamists are concerned about the dispersal of their parliamentary bloc in particular, after the news of a potential resignation of at least 20 of its MPs, some of whom will probably join Amar Ghoul, an MP who had previously resigned from the Movement of Society for Peace.

Leaders of the Movement of Society for Peace recently made countless declarations on the continuation of the tripartite alliance, which consists of Hamas, the Islamic Renaissance Movement and the Movement for National Reform. These declarations come after news broke of a potential future withdrawal of Hamas from the Alliance as a result of the internal crisis the movement is currently undergoing. The Islamic Renaissance and the Movement for National Reform have both expressed their sympathy with the Movement of Society for Peace.

Fateh Rabiai, secretary general of the Islamic Renaissance Movement, repeated his view of the permanence of the Green Alliance, after being given permission by the Shura Council “to activate and develop an Alliance able to fulfill the requirements of the political arena.”

Rabiai said: “The Alliance is currently facing attempts to divide it, due to the concerns it has sown among other parties. These parties don’t want to see powerful movements in the political arena.”

He continued that the Movement of Society for Peace “is currently the victim of some political forces in [positions of] authority that reject the presence of rival forces of such a size. For this reason, these parties were mobilized to weaken the Alliance by targeting one of its parties.”

The Islamic Alliance fears potential division if almost 20 of its parliamentary bloc members resign. The Green Alliance won 49 seats during the May 2012 elections, including 13 seats in the capital Algiers, where the list was headed by Ghoul, before he announced his withdrawal from Hamas last week. The elected candidates on Ghoul's list are expected to join his new party, which would lead to the formation of a new parliamentary bloc by a party that didn’t take part in the previous elections.

Commenting on the events within the Movement of Society for Peace, Hamlawi Akouchi, secretary general of the Movement for National Reform, accused the authority of standing behind “the plan of Ghoul”.

In his eyes, the plan consists of “forming a Cabinet without the Islamists, except for former minister of Public Works Ghoul.” Akouchi emphasized that the Green Algeria Alliance would continue, as it was a “major asset” in the previous legislative elections of May 10.

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