General election in Algeria
Following the general election held in Algeria on 10 May 2012, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, issued this statement:
'These elections mark a new stage in Algeria's democratisation process, but more ambitious, more inclusive and further reaching reforms are needed.
The onus is now on the new National Parliamentary Assembly and other Algerian institutions to pay heed to the aspirations of all Algerians, both those who voted and those who chose not to.
I welcome the fact that the new Assembly has more women members. This is an important step forward, made possible by the new electoral law.
I also urge those elected to give a commitment to continue the regional integration process in the Maghreb in order to speed up growth and job creation, particularly for young people.
In the next few days, the European Parliament will carry out a detailed assessment of the conduct of the election, which was monitored on the ground by MEPs. Parliament is committed to pursuing dialogue with those elected to the new Assembly and I hope to meet some of them in the near future in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, of which I am the President.'
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