Algerian political parties that did not condemn the FAR operation in Guerguerate

In Algeria, parties still resist joining the platoon of formations that condemned the FAR operation in Guerguerate. A resistance that they express through their silence that speaks volumes.

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In addition to media, Algerian parties have also joined the campaign to condemn the November 13 operation launched by the Royal Armed Forces in the Guerguerate area.

While the National Liberation Front, the Democratic National Rally and the Future Front have denounced the Moroccan intervention, Abdelkader Bengrina, the president of the El Bina movement was not satisfied with the traditional press releases to express his opposition. The latter organized a political rally to slam the Kingdom.

During this rally, he condemned «the Moroccan military aggression against Sahrawi civilians this Friday, November 13, in the buffer zone of Guerguerate, near Mauritania, in southwestern Western Sahara». He even voiced his «absolute solidarity with the Saharawi people, in the face of the threats and attacks that target them».

Bengrina’s support for the Polisario Front is, however, part of a political game. By increasing his pandering to the military powers, he is already positioning himself in the post-Tebboune era. In the presidential elections of December 2019, Bengrina ranked 2nd with 17.4% of the votes against 58.15% for the current tenant of the Al Mouradia palace.

Voices that go against the current

On the other hand, other Algerian parties have decided not to condemn the operation led by the Royal Armed Forces in Guerguerate. These include the Islamist formations : the Freedom and Social Justice Movement and the Justice and Development Front, chaired respectively by Abdellah Jaballah and Anouar Haddam. Two historical figures of Islamism in Algeria since the end of the 1980s.

This silence is not shared by the Société de paix (Society for peace, ed) movement. The MSP published a press release, which, while calling for the organization of a referendum in the Sahara, avoided calling the Moroccan intervention as «aggression» and pleaded for the revival of Maghrebian integration. 

The text consulted by Yabiladi has distanced itself from the statements of the movement’s president, Abderrazzak Makri. The latter accused, in a Facebook post, the United Arab Emirates of orchestrating tensions in the Sahara. A reaction motivated by MSP’s links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Traditional secular opposition groups, such as Rally for Culture and Democracy and the Socialist Forces Front, have not yet joined the group of Algerian political parties that condemned the Moroccan military operation in Guergeurate.

The relationship between the Rally for Culture and Democracy and power circles in Algeria is on the verge of rupture. Its president, Mohcine Belabbas, had his parliamentary immunity lifted recently and some of its activists were jailed or prosecuted by courts for their participation in the Algerian Hirak.

The Workers' Party of Louisa Hanoune, also prosecuted on bail in the trial of Said Boutelika and General Toufiq, also observes the same silence.

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