I had decided to not write about today’s local and regional elections in Algeria, and then I changed my mind. So here’s the only post I’ll write on this topic, even though its real objective is actually to share a few links with our readers.
I like the local elections because I don’t feel any guilt for not showing up as I am not entitled to vote given that I live outside Algeria. Other than this personal positive point, these elections are as useless as the national ones. And I can list at least three reasons:
- APC and APW presidents have close to no power as they cannot do much without/against the will of the Walis and Chiefs of Dairas, who are the administration representatives in our centralised system.
- Corruption, bribery and treachery are what characterise most of the APCs. Mediocrity and opportunism are significant characteristics as well.
- Political change at the local level is possible but it is not effective without a global change since the whole system is rotten.
The president told us that last May’s legislative elections were as important as November 1st, 1954. Amara Benyounes said we would begin to see the change in two months time and here we are more than two months later and I am afraid I cannot see any change. A few days ago, Slimane Bakhlili, who joined Mohand Said’s party, explained why today’s elections are capital. The truth is all were lying, or just wrong, as all these elections are nothing but a remake of Carnaval fi Dechra. And all these politicians must try harder for the people understand things well and aim at higher standards, exactly like this woman who emailed Cheikh Chemseddine, Ennahar TV‘s official mufti.
I don’t know about you, but I only request from the mayor of Bejaia, or the wali or whoever can do something, to make Aamriw’s roundabout safer for pedestrians. And please make sure it is not submerged when it rains.
It looks like I’ve shared many links. Two more won’t harm. Here is a related song by Souad Massi.