President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria told local government officials on Wednesday (February 14) that they must join the country's only political party, the National Liberation Front.
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Background: President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria told local government officials on Wednesday (February 14) that they must join the country's only political party, the National Liberation Front.
Opening the annual conference of chairmen of Algeria's 691 communal assemblies at the Palace of the Nations near Algiers, President Boumedienne hinted that top posts in the administration might in future go only to Party members.
Radio Algiers quoted the president as saying: "Posts of responsibility should be given to men who are committed to the Party and the Revolution." He also said it was an "absolute necessity for all local groups to be organically integrated" in the party.
The conference's main theme was "Agrarian Revolution," the government's programme to reform Algeria's farm system. Nationalisation of private farmland will begin in June this year.
SYNOPSIS: The Palace of the Nations, near Algiers, was the setting on Wednesday for the opening of the seventh annual conference of Algerian civic leaders. The six-hundred-and-ninety delegates were all chairman of Algerian communal assemblies -- something like the mayor of a community.
The main theme of the conference was the Government's programme to reform Algeria's farming system. This enters a vital phase in June, with the nationalisation of private farmland.
The Algerian Head of State, President Houari Boumedienne, opened the conference. He told the delegates that they must join Algeria's only political party -- the National Liberation Front -- and hinted that top posts in the Algerian administration might in future only go to Party members. He also said the forthcoming nationalisation of private farmland must be carried out with "total integrity" and justice.