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Robert P. Parks


Algeria's 10 May 2012 Elections: Preliminary Analysis

[A voting station for the Algerian elections in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Image by Vikoula5/Wikimedia Commons]

The results of the 10 May 2012 Algerian legislative elections ran against conventional wisdom, and at least two points will certainly provoke much commentary. First, despite widespread disgruntlement, Algerian voter turnout proved to be significantly higher than predicted by most observers. 42.91 percent of registered Algerians participated – seven percent more than in 2007. Second, and possibly with region-wide ramifications, Algerian voters bucked a major trend of the ...

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Arab Uprisings and the Algerian Elections: Ghosts from the Past?

[A rally in the centre of Algiers that was eventually stopped by police. A few hundred people joined the rally holding placards calling for changes to the old regime. February 26, 2011. Image by Boumedienne Merouane/Demotix.]

In December 2010 and January 2011, Algerians and Tunisians took to the streets. While in Tunisia hundreds of thousands of citizens stood up to bully dictator Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali, to the West, cities across Algeria erupted into widespread rioting. Though the 29 December to 10 January riots were of an intensity not seen since the October 1988 uprising that put an end to the former single-party system of the National Liberation Front (FLN), they dissipated as ...

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Robert P. Parks


Robert P. Parks is the Director of the Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie. He received his Ph.D. in political science in May 2011, which was based on several years of qualitative research in Algeria and Tunisia. His research has been published in The Middle East Journal, The Arab Reform Bulletin, and he contributed to The Politics of Islamic Finance (2004). He is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on local-national relations in the Maghreb and is currently writing book on state building processes in Algeria and Tunisia, examined from the bottom-up. He is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page.