President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, expelled, on Saturday, Samir Chaabna from the government of Abdelaziz Djerad, who appointed him in the government amendment that he carried out last Tuesday, to the post of the delegated minister in charge of the Algerian community abroad, after he refused to abandon the French citizenship that he obtained alongside the Algerian citizenship.
The prime minister’s statement said; “On the occasion of the recent ministerial amendment that took place on June 23, 2020, the deputy to the National People’s Assembly, Mr Samir Chaabna, was appointed as the delegate minister in charge of the national community abroad”.
“During the consultations to form the government, Samir Chaabna, accepted the post of a delegate minister in charge of the national community abroad, without declaring that he has dual citizenship”.
According to the content of the statement, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad asked Samir Chaabna to comply with the provisions stipulated in Law No. 01-17 of January 10, 2017, that specified the list of high responsibilities and political functions that require obtaining Algerian citizenship only and the abandonment of foreign citizenship if someone accepts the government post.
“The appointed delegate minister Samir Chaabna refused to abandon the French citizenship and by a decision of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tabboune cancelled the appointment of Samir Chaabna as the delegated minister in charge of the national community abroad, and accordingly he is no longer a member of the government”, the statement explained.
Away from the statement of the prime ministry, according to official sources, dropping the name of Samir Chaabna, MP of the National People’s Assembly for the Djabhat Al-Mostakbal (Future Front), representing the Algerian community abroad, from the government’s formation, came in the wake of the deadline that is given by the Prime Minister to the new minister to abandon his French citizenship.
According to official sources, the MP Samir Chaabna notified immediately after the ceremony to receive the tasks from his predecessor, Rachid Beladhane, on Thursday, that he should abandon the French citizenship if he wants to remain within the government, in line with a constitutional principle and an explicit article that cannot tolerate any second reading, the necessity to abandon his second citizenship, except that once the former MP for the Future Front party was notified about the necessity to adhere to the law, news spread in the building of the National People’s Assembly, and it appears from the “controversy” that was raised in the Zighoud Youcef building which was witnessing an open session of oral questions to several ministerial sectors and the spread of news among the MPs that Samir Shaabneh had no intention to abandon his French citizenship.
The former MP of the National People’s Assembly, who prefered the French citizenship on the ministerial portfolio within his country’s government, was seen on Thursday, according to testimonies of several MPs in the lower chamber, at the height of his anger at notifying him of the need to abandon his second nationality, and he expressed his resentment at this request to several MPs explicitly, despite his knowledge of the constitutional provision regarding his position.
Far from expelling Samir Chaabna from the government, the question is asked about the fate of his seat in Parliament, at a time when competent sources in the constitutional law told Echorouk that the MP has legally lost his parliamentary seat once he accepted the post of delegate minister, and his name was issued in the presidential decree that was signed by the President on Tuesday about the partial amendment of the government and receiving his duties as a delegated minister, which is a step that, according to Echorouk sources, calls for the issuance of a new presidential decree to remove him from the government, while the door to political jurisprudence remains open to considerations related to the failure to delegate the MP in the lower chamber.
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