ALGIERS— A secular party in Algeria has announced it will boycott elections in May.
Rally for Culture and Democracy party chief Said Saadisaid Friday the elections would be a "hoax" and the assembly chosen could just be dissolved by the new president set to be elected in 2014.
The party's power base is the ethnically Berber Tizi-Ouzou region east of the capital. It boycotted elections in 2002, but ran in 2007, gaining 19 seats in the 390-person assembly and 3.36 percent of the vote.
A statement issued by the party accused security services of preparing to inflate turnout figures and vote results. It also predicted that Algeria would still be swept by the pro-democracy unrest witnessed elsewhere in the region, but largely absent in this oil-rich North African nation.