ALGIERS – The Parliamentary Joint Committee in charge of the elaboration of the rules of the procedure of the meeting on Tuesday of the two Houses of the Parliament has met Sunday in the Council of the Nation.
“The Parliamentary Joint Committee has met on Sunday in the headquarters of the Council of the Nation under the chairmanship of the oldest member Salah Goudjil, in application of the provisions of the Article 101 of the Organic Law 16-12 dated 22 Dhou El Kaada 1437/ 25 August 2016, defining the organization and functioning of the People’s National Assembly and the Council of the Nation as well as the functional relationships between the Houses of Parliament and the Government,” said a communiqué of the Council of the Nation.
The meeting has revolved around “the draft rules of procedures of the meeting of both Houses of the Parliament, scheduled on Tuesday 9 April in order to take notice of the statement of the Council of the Constitution on the definitive vacancy of the post of President of the Republic and activate the application of Article 102 of the Constitution.”
The Committee has been installed by Chairman of the Council of the Council (Upper House) Abdelkader Bensalah during Thursday’s meeting of the two Houses of the Parliament at the headquarters of the Council.
The Article 102 of the Constitution stipulates that “in case of resignation or death of the President of the Republic, the Constitutional Council shall meet de jure and declare the permanent vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic. It shall immediately communicate the act of declaration of definitive vacancy to Parliament, which shall meet de jure.
The President of the Council of the Nation shall assume the function of the Head of State for a maximum period of ninety (90) days, during which presidential elections shall be organized.”
Last Tuesday, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has officially notified the Constitutional Council of his decision to end his term as President of the Republic.
The Council had declared the definitive vacancy of the post of President of the Republic.