Chairman of the National People’s Assembly, Slimane Channine, will meet on Tuesday, at the office of the National Assembly to study the draft finance law for 2020, and refer it to the competent committee that will proceed to discuss it and summon specialists to listen to their views, while MPs are afraid to refer the controversial hydrocarbons law to parliament at this time which they describe as “sensitive and dangerous”.
National People’s Assembly chairman summoned the members of his office to meet today at the lower chamber of parliament to study the draft finance law for 2020 after the government on Sunday transmitted the version that was approved by the cabinet headed by Abdelkader Ben Saleh to the parliament in its two chambers.
In turn, the Bureau of the Council will refer the draft finance law to the appropriate committee for discussion and consideration, while the hydrocarbons draft law has not yet been confirmed to the parliament administration amid the concerns of deputies, especially those affiliated with the opposition, who criticized the timing of its proposal and considered it a serious risk, especially since Algeria is preparing for important elections, and the government that will discuss it, they say, is popularly rejected and it has not the powers to discuss a law of such importance.
Justice and Development Front MP, Lakhdar Benkhalaf, called for its withdrawal and postponement until the arrival of an elected legitimate president, who will open a wide-ranging dialogue on the importance of this law.
The same approach was adopted by the Chairman of Talaie al-Houriet (Vanguards of Liberties) Party, Ali Benflis, who confirmed the need to postpone this project until after the presidential elections of December 12, calling for the opening of “a comprehensive dialogue and wide consultation on this law with the participation of all the constituent parts of the Algerian people, because it is a strategic and fateful issue for the people and the country”.
According to the candidate for December 12 presidential elections, his position on the project “is not circumstantial or occasional, but it is fixed and is the reason for his disagreement with President Bouteflika in his first term in 2003.
“I do not imagine that the hydrocarbons file is opened without a comprehensive dialogue and extensive consultation with all the constituent parties of the Algerian people because it is a strategic and fateful issue for the people and the country”, Benflis published on his Facebook page.
“It is inconceivable in this particular circumstance that is characterized by the illegality of institutions, especially the government and parliament to decide about the fate of the goods of Algeria”, he added, calling for” the need to postpone it until the installation of institutions that enjoy legitimacy and the ability to open serious and in-depth dialogue about this subject which is fateful for the nation”.
On the other hand, the National Democratic Rally party (RND) called for delaying the passing of the hydrocarbons law, leaving it to the newly elected president of the republic, to which all powers will lead to an in-depth discussion on the issue of hydrocarbons and new alternatives to the national economy.
RND party called for the need to take into account the needs of Algeria’s oil resources and the decline of the national production of hydrocarbons, considering that the new text of the draft hydrocarbons law came with new proposals for the benefit of the national economy.
It comes at a time when the National Liberation Front is holding an emergency meeting of its political office next Wednesday, to discuss the hydrocarbons project and come out with a position, especially as the latter has aroused wide controversy between the political class and citizens who marched through various provinces of the country to condemn the danger of passing this law.