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Algeria authorizes 7 new political parties ahead of elections

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16:24, March 19, 2012

ALGIERS, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Algerian government has authorized seven new political parties, bringing the number of political formations across the country to more than 30, Algerian Ministry of Interior said Sunday.

"The Ministry of Interior has authorized seven political parties, as they fulfilled legal requirements for activity," the local APS news agency quoted the ministry's statement as saying.

Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia said earlier that the ministry was continuing the examination of applications to form political parties, the outcome of which would be made public later.

He mentioned that "the ministry examines the fulfilled applications within 48 hours, while the law provides us a time limit of 60 days to authorize a party."

In February, the Ministry of Interior authorized eight other parties, including the Justice and Development Front (FJD) led by Islamist activist Abdellah Djabellah.

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