This Tuesday, October 11, the Algerian government’s general policy statement was presented and debated in plenary at the Council of the Nation after the discharge of the National Assembly granted last Thursday to Prime Minister Aymen Benabderrahmane. A classic procedure but which could not have been because that same day, the deputies of the Islamist party the Mouvement pour Society and Peace (MSP) intended to table a motion of censure against the government.
It all started when Abdelouahab Yagoubi, MSP MP and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, announced on his blog, shortly before the session, the withdrawal of confidence in the government, which was to present its report to the National Assembly on October 3. . “After objective and serious evaluation, he tweeted, we concluded that this government had to leave because it failed and was not able to respond to the aspirations of the people and the challenges facing the country”. An announcement that took everyone by surprise, starting with the leadership of his party. The MSP had no in indeed not yet given the green light to such an initiative.
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It is the fundamental law, in its article 111, which details the procedure. It is specified therein that “the Prime Minister, or the head of government, as the case may be, must annually present to the National Assembly a declaration of general policy which gives rise to a debate on the action of the government and ends with a resolution or give rise to the tabling of a motion of censure”. Articles 161 and 162 specify that such an initiative is admissible only if it is signed by at least one seventh of the deputies. The possible vote of withdrawal of confidence, which intervenes within three days, leads, if he wins, to the resignation of the executive.