The former MP of the National Liberation Front, Moussa Abdi, whose name was linked to the criminalization of colonialism years ago, has pointed to the direct and indirect motives and causes of this project, which was a milestone in Algerian-French relations, and how it was aborted, and as it was presented to deputies and parliamentary blocs which then refused to sign and participate in such a proposal.
The guest of the “Echorouk” forum, Moussa Abdi, confirmed that the motives of the project were to respond to the French parliament, which approved the project of glorifying colonialism on February 23, 2005, and then the speech of resigning President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, from Setif on May 8, 2005, when he described the French colonialism as “the worst colonialism, added to the widespread denunciation of French law by the National Organization of the Mujahideen and a number of national and Islamic parties, and this coincided with the ado caused by the disclosure of a nominal list at the time of some deputies “sons of the movement,” by the late Lakhdar Bensaid.
Mr Abdi revealed that he started to move with all the parliamentary blocs to inform them of the project, stressing that the head of the RND parliamentary bloc the late Miloud Sharafi refused to sign the project, despite communicating with him twice, and justified his position by saying, “I received instructions from the Secretary-General of the party Ahmed Ouyahia who refused the project, “the same thing happened with the head of the parliamentary bloc of FLN Ayachi Daadoua who also refused to sign, he indicated.
Mr Abdi further talked about the parliamentary blocs that turned her back on the project namely “Louisa Hanoune, as the secretary general of the workers party and head of the parliamentary bloc.
She refused to sign together with all her deputies, and the same situation occurred with the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD),” he added. The latter had even refused to take part in enriching the debate on the project”.
Echorouk then asked its guest about the position of the chairman of the People’s National Assembly of that period, Abdelaziz Ziari, regarding the project. “Ziari was setting an unconstitutional barrier to disrupt the project, through correspondence between him and the government”, he revealed.
Mr Abdi also asserted that the draft law criminalizing colonialism was the victim of a constitutional vacuum, in the absence of an explicit article in the law regulating the relationship between parliament and the government, allowing the authors of the proposal to raise the concern to the Constitutional Council, in the event of rejection of the draft in this way.
Mr Mohamed Hadibi, who was also a guest of the Echorouk Forum, as one of the initiators of the project, shored up Mr Abdi’s argument about “the abortion of the project by the speaker of parliament.” “The office of the council was under executive authority, and the project was “killed off” because of the greed and privileges that the government was waving”.
Mr Abdi eventually referred to two attempts to revive the “dead” project later, the first through a seminar on the criminalization of colonialism, attended by political parties such as FLN and Hamas, and the second through the approval unanimously by the Central Committee of the FLN party in 2010 with the aim of adopting the project but finally to no avail.