ALGIERS - Islamist parties may double their share of the vote in Algeria's parliamentary election next year but they will still be short of a majority, the leader of the country's biggest party said on Monday.
Algeria, a major gas supplier to Europe and a Western ally in the fight against al Qaeda, has managed to avoid a spillover from other Arab revolts despite riots over wages and high prices in early 2011.
Islamist parties have been successful following revolutions this year which overthrew the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.
"Islamist political parties should obtain between 35 and 40 percent of the votes," Abdelaziz Belkhadem, leader of Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's personal representative, said in remarks carried by the state-run APS news agency.
The parliamentary election will be held in the spring of 2012.