|Date: 15/07/2012 Time: 11:50:00 PM
Algerian Minister of Public Works Ammar Ghol on
Sunday defected from the Islamic-leaning Movement for the Society of Peace
(MSP) and founded a new political party.
"During recent discussions many people found the idea of forming a new
party so appealing; this is why we decided to go ahead with our plan to create
more space for hope and the national project," Ghol said in a press release.
He invited people from the opposite ends of the political spectrum to raise
suggestions on the ideology, the principles and the name of the new party.
Ghol won a parliamentary seat through the list of MSP-led Green Algeria
Alliance in the elections of May 10, 2012.
Recent press reports showed that he was at odds with MSP leader Bouguerra
Soltani who decided to revoke the alliance with the other coalition partners,
namely the Islamic Renaissance Movement (Ennahda) and the Movement for
National Reform (Islah).
Formerly known as Hamas, the center-right MSP was founded by Mahfoud Nahnah
in 1990 as the local branch of the international Muslim Brotherhood group
before being renamed in 2003.