PARIS (AP) _ The fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front, which was poised to take power in Algeria after a national election in 1992, will not be allowed to return to politics, Algeria's president said Friday.

``No. No. For a very simple reason,'' President Abdelaziz Bouteflika told France Inter radio. ``History cannot move backwards.''

The army's decision to cancel the 1992 elections that the Salvation Front, known as the FIS, was on the verge of winning triggered the bloody insurgency by Islamic militants that Bouteflika says has left 100,000 people dead.

``The FIS, that was a blunder, a historic blunder that won't be repeated, that won't ever be repeated,'' he said. ``That said, this doesn't mean that the causes that led to the blunder have disappeared.''

The categoric refusal to allow the Salvation Front any kind of future role killed speculation that the movement, banned after the election was canceled, might be reintegrated into society as part of Bouteflika's effort at national reconciliation.

However, it remained unclear whether the banned party might not eventually be able to recycle itself under a new name.

For the time being, its leaders remain jailed, in exile or under house arrest. Bouteflika said Thursday that Salvation Front leaders would not be included in a pardon of 2,300 jailed Islamic militants.

The pardon is the first stage of a plan for national reconciliation that is to include a large amnesty and reduction of prison terms for those militants not guilty of murder, rape or planting a bomb.

The ``civil concord'' pact, overwhelmingly approved Thursday by the National Assembly, is to be put to a referendum, but no date has been set.

The plan paves the way ``for a new era in Algeria,'' Prime Minister Smail Hamdani said Thursday, that will enable ``children, women and men to stop crying.''