The Chairman of the National People’s Assembly, Mr. Said Bouhadja, continued his defiance of his opponents, made up of numerous deputies in the Assembly, who are strenuously prodding him to step down from the rostrum of the Lower Chamber of Parliament, thereby refuting the rumors and leaks that had spoken about his imminent departure.
“I tell those who want to oust me that the mudjahid (freedom fighter) is neither afraid nor bow under pressure,” he wrote in his own Facebook page on Monday following a meeting that brought him together with the Assembly’s managerial board, in a new development of the showdown that broke out about two weeks ago marked by bitter wrangling with his opponents.
The protracted conflict between the speaker of the assembly and his opponents made up of hundreds of lawmakers who have been fiercely demanding his departure, has now entered its third week, a period that no one expected to have reached such a lengthy period of time, given the strong load of the leverage exerted on the speaker by the pro-government deputies, thus leading to a freeze of the daily proceedings of the Lower Chamber of Parliament.
“Austerity is a tool of governance,” he wrote, defending himself. “I am a clean man, a statesman and I implement state policy,” he said, in response to those MPs who accused him of wasteful running of the National People’s Assembly.
In this regard, the head of the lower chamber of Parliament explained that he has assigned competent financial management executives, as well as the director of public administration, to buckle to the task to avert any accusation or attempt meant to tarnish his reputation and history as a mudjahid, as reported on his personal website on the social network.
The work of the National People’s Assembly has been frozen until further notice, since the FLN-led parliamentary blocs have up to now boycotted the proceedings of the Assembly, before referring to the Office of the Assembly, which is the supreme body that decides the affairs of the lower chamber of parliament, and is thus entitled to freeze its work.
At the same time, the chairman of the Assembly had gathered the managerial board of the Assembly on Monday and informed them that they ought to keep on with their normal work in a bid to ward off a damaging paralysis of the legislative body.