Islamic Renaissance Movement

Published 2nd May, 2012

The Islamic Renaissance Movement or Ennahda was founded sometime and then changed its name in 1997 Renaissance Movement in order to conform with the constitutional ban on religious parties. The party describes itself as centre-right and believes in moderate Islamism and Muslim democracy.

The party was unsuccessful in the 1991 general election and they boycotted the 1995 presidential election. In 1997 the party stood in the June elections and won 34 seats in the 231 seat People’s National Assembly.

The party was divided as to whether it should support the candidacy of the FLN presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the outcome was a split which led to the establishment of the Movement for National Reform by Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah.

The party chose to align with Abdelaziz Bouteflika and was punished in the 2002 election where they won just one seat. By 2007 they had clawed back another four seats to win five seats in the new parliament.

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