Algeria: These senior State and political positions are prohibited for dual nationality holders

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icon-writer By: Mohamed Lahouazi /*/ English Version: Med.B.

The Committee on legal, administrative affairs and freedoms of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) held a meeting Wednesday to examine 14 proposed amendments brought to the bill setting the list of senior State and political positions requiring exclusive Algerian nationality.

The relevant list set by the bill includes 15 senior military and civil positions namely: Speaker of the Council of the National (Upper House of parliament), Speaker of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House of parliament),   Prime Minister,  President of the Constitutional Council,  Government members, Secretary General of the Government, First president of the Supreme Court, President of the Council of the State, Governor of the Bank of Algeria, Officials of security corps, Chairman of the High independent committee for election monitoring, Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army (ANP), Commanders of armed forces, Commanders of Military Regions and any senior position set by regulation.

Taking the floor before the MPs, the Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, Mr Tayeb Louh, affirmed that the bill laying down the list of high responsibilities of the State and political functions, the access of which requires the exclusive Algerian nationality, duly enshrined the principle of equity between all citizens with regard to access to the highest functions of the State.

“The draft law aims, inter alia, to reassure the members of the national community settled abroad and to strengthen their deep sense of belonging to the Nation, by giving them access to the high responsibilities of the State under the new provisions contained in the last constitutional amendments”, Mr Tayeb Louh asserted to this effect.

“Article 27 of the Constitution stipulates that the State shall ensure the preservation of the identity of citizens residing abroad as well as the consolidation of their links with the Nation and the mobilization of their own contribution to the smooth development of their country of origin,” the Justice Minister added.

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