Algeria elects women legislators in record numbers

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Women voting at voting station

Algeria has become the first and only country in the Arab world to have more than 30 per cent of its parliamentary seats held by women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

IPU reports that 145 women were elected as parliamentarians during last week's elections in Algeria.

In the outgoing parliament, women MPs accounted for less than eight per cent of the elected legislators.

Jemini Pandya, spokesperson for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, says Algeria is now ranked among the top countries worldwide with a large proportion of women legislators.

"The outcome of these latest elections means Algeria will now leapfrog into the top 25 countries. The large increase in the number of women now in the Algerian parliament has partly been the result of a new law on women's political participation. In a proportional representation system, it set quotas for women candidates on political party list depending on the size of a constituency."

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