With the polls now closed in Algeria’s parliamentary election, the concern is a low turn-out due to apathy.
The Arab Spring movement failed to take hold in Algeria, but the country’s leaders claim the election is part of a managed process of reform.
However, many believe the real power lies with an informal network with its routes in the security service, not parliament.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is on his third term, says he is confident of victory in the election.
Allied to Bouteflika’s FLN, are Islamist-party MSP, led by Aboudjarra Soltani. His is one of two Islamist parties expected to gain some of the 462 seats from secularist parties that are loyal to the establishment and dominated the last parliament.
In total, there are 44 parties to choose from and 21 of them are new.
The other Islamist party on the rise is Abdelmadjid’s Front for Change. Menasra says he hopes turnout will be higher than its lowest point of 34 percent in 2007.