The Office of the National People’s Assembly, (APN) on Sunday, submitted a request to the committee charged with studying the draft hydrocarbons law urging it to open a free-wheeling parliamentary debate and take the opinion of experts and specialists, and to listen to the presentation of the Minister of Energy and specialists in the field.
During the meeting, which was chaired by Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Mr. Slimane Chenine, the draft law regulating hydrocarbons activities was forwarded to the relevant committee with a recommendation to open the discussion and take the opinion of experts and specialists.
In its request, the APN office stressed the need to listen to experts with further explanation and open discussion on the multifarious views pertaining to the draft law.
On Thursday, the parliament’s office received a copy of the hydrocarbons bill approved by the cabinet headed by head of state Abdelkader Bensalah last Sunday.
The meeting decided, on Sunday, to refer the draft before the Parliament to the relevant committees, namely the draft law on hydrocarbons, and the legal text that regulates the military policy to be adopted concerning Army retirees.
Following the referral of the draft hydrocarbons law, the Economic Committee will begin to study its provisions and listen to specialists in the field, before ratifying it in a parliamentary session.
The bill however fueled bitter controversy on the national scene, as parliamentary blocs in the lower chamber of parliament called for the postponement of its discussion until the presidential elections on December 12, while several political parties, including the Movement of Society for Peace and Rally for Culture and Democracy castigated the content of the law on the pretext that it gives unwarranted privileges to foreign partners.