Algeria's Tortuous Road to Democracy Economic Crisis, Fundamentalist Influence Shape Nation's Bid for New Political System
Peter Ford, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
AT a crossroads in the center of this dilapidated seaport stands a smart signpost, directing traffic to an imposing edifice overlooking the Mediterranean. "Party Headquarters," it reads.
Today, the sign is an anachronistic relic of single-party socialist rule in Algeria, where no less than 53 political parties have sprung up in the past two years to occupy 53 headquarters.
But as this North African country looks forward to its first free parliamentary elections - scheduled for late this year or early 1992 - the path to democracy is proving a tortuous one. The changes underway here call into question more than a political system - they go to the heart of the nature …
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Publication information: Article title: Algeria's Tortuous Road to Democracy Economic Crisis, Fundamentalist Influence Shape Nation's Bid for New Political System. Contributors: Peter Ford, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: October 1, 1991. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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