The disputed Speaker of the National People’s Assembly, Mr. Said Bouhadja, still refuses to give in to pressure from the majority deputies. Following a series of decisions announced by the FLN party and at a time when several dozen members of the majority are blocking the main access of the APN to prevent it from joining his office, notwithstanding Mr Bouhadja adamantly refuses to resign.
Mr. Said Bouhadja described those who closed access to the APN premises as an “outlaw band”. “These deputies do not represent the majority. It is a small band that is outlawed,” he said, recalling his calls for dialogue. “But they want escalation,” he added.
Mr. Said Bouhadja further accuses FLN party leader Djamel Ould Abbes of inciting MPs to take these actions against him. “Yesterday, at the meeting of the PLN political bureau, they decided to remove my political coverage. This is an illegal decision that has not been approved by the Central Committee as stipulated in the texts governing the functioning of the party, he underscored.
For Mr. Said Bouhadja, the position of president of the Assembly “is not vacant”, as stated by the majority deputies. “It’s illegal to announce such a thing. The vacancy is only foreseen in the event of death or resignation. And I will accept to step down only at the request of President Bouteflika himself,” he explained. «
Why didn’t Said Bouhadja return to his APN office this morning?” I didn’t come because I attended a funeral. There is no other reason. I will join the APN later,” he replied.
Mr Said Bouhadja does not want to comment on the support he is yearning to receive from the top of the state.
However, he revealed to media outlets that he had written to President Bouteflika. “I wrote to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. I am waiting for a response from the relevant officials to inform me of the final decision (…). I have written to President Bouteflika in his capacity as President of the FLN party. I am ready to accept any decision that stems from him,” he said. Before continuing in this line: “I did not rebel, as Djamel Ould Abbes falsely claims, and I don’t seek to destabilize my Party”, he finally underlined.
Meanwhile, on his social networking page, disgruntled MP Hamadouche described on Facebook what happened on Tuesday morning in front of the national people’s Assembly as “an unprecedented bullying in the history of the state’s institutional work, which did not occur even in the somber times of terrorism” .
He pointed out that what the majority of deputies dubbed was occurred at the entrance of the Assembly premises as “kidnapping and bullying ” highly detrimental to the other members of the legislative institution “.
According to the Mr. Hamadouche’s publication, “the parties who are in conflict with the Chairmanship of the National People’s Assembly have no justification at all for using State institutions as a hostage or as a tool in this damaging confrontation”, as he put it.