Rally for Culture and Democracy

The Rally for Culture and Democracy (Berber languages: Agraw i Yidles d Tugdut; Arabic: التجمع من أجل الثقافة والديمقراطية‎; French: Rassemblement pour la Culture et la Démocratie RCD) is a political party in Algeria. It promotes secularism (laïcité) and has its principal power base in Kabylie, a major Berber-speaking region. Some consider it to take the position of a liberal party for the Berber-speaking population in Algerian politics.

Rally for Culture and Democracy

French: Rassemblement pour la Culture et la Démocratie
Arabic: التجمع من أجل الثقافة والديمقراطية
Amazigh: Agraw i Yidles d Tugdut
PresidentMohcine Belabbas [ar; fr]
FounderSaïd Sadi
Founded1989; 31 years ago (1989)
Split fromSocialist Forces Front
Social liberalism
Algerian nationalism
Political positionCentre to centre-left[2]
National affiliationForces of the Democratic Alternative
Council of the Nation
0 / 144
People's National Assembly
9 / 462
People's Provincial Assemblies
33 / 2,004
37 / 1,540
People's Municipal Assemblies
496 / 24,786
Party flag
Flag of the Rassemblement pour la Culture et la Démocratie.svg

History and profileEdit

The Rally for Culture and Democracy was founded by Saïd Sadi in 1989.[3][4] He was a presidential candidate in 1995, winning 9.3 percent of the popular vote.

In 1997, the party won 19 of 390 seats. The RCD boycotted the 2002 elections. Saïd Sadi was a candidate again in the 2004 presidential election and won 1.9 percent of the vote. The party participated in the 2007 legislative elections, winning 3.36% of the vote and 19 seats.

Regional strengthEdit

In the 2007 legislative election, support for the RCD was higher than its national average (3.36%) in the following provinces:

Province Percentage
Tizi Ouzou Province 34.28%
Béjaïa Province 17.51%
Bouïra Province 9.09%
Algiers Province 8.58%
Illizi Province 7.31%
Tipaza Province 6.89%
Guelma Province 4.83%
Boumerdès Province 4.55%
Saïda Province 4.30%
Sétif Province 4.25%
Aïn Defla Province 3.43%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "3 Algerian parties call for election boycott". Associated Press. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ Zartman, Jonathan K., ed. (19 March 2020). Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change. ABC-CLIO. p. 254. ISBN 9781440865039. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ Augustus Richard Norton (2001). Civil society in the Middle East. 2 (2001). BRILL. p. 83. ISBN 90-04-10469-0. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Leftist Parties of Algeria". Broad Left. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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