Algerian president to dissolve lower house of parliament, reshuffle cabinet

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ALGIERS, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday announced an imminent dissolution of the the National People’s Assembly, or the lower house of the parliament, ahead of holding early parliamentary election.

In a speech aired on the state run television ENTV, Tebboune said that he is due to dissolve the lower house of the parliament, noting that the “revendications outcried during the popular demonstrations” in 2019 have been included in the new constitution.

He further added that early parliamentary election will be held within a period of three months after the dissolution of the parliament.

Tebboune also announced that he will undertake a cabinet reshuffle within the two forthcoming days, noting that changes will be made on sectors that “failed in terms of taking care of the citizens’ occupations.”

The president also announced to grant amnesty to 30 people who were tried and detained during the popular protests of 2019, adding that 50 to 60 others detained during the protests and pending trial will also be pardoned.

This speech was given on the occasion of the celebration of “the Martyr Day” to honor the Algerians who died during the liberation war against the French colonialism between 1954 and 1962.

The speech also precedes the celebration of the second anniversary of the popular protest nicknamed “Hirak,” which broke out on Feb. 22, 2019, and forced former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign. Enditem

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