Islamist parties are widely expected to extend their influence over
North African politics on Thursday, when Algeria holds its first
parliamentary elections since the Arab Spring uprisings.
Islamist parties are expected to capture up to 35% of the seats in the
new parliament, more than double the 15% share they took in the last
Algerian elections in 2007, political experts and rivals say. That
echoes gains achieved by Islamist parties in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
Islamists are also expected to do well in Libya's national assembly
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