The Council of Nation
Council of Nation is the second Chamber of the Algerian
Parliament House. Established for the first time by the
Constitution of November 28th 1996 (Art.98), the Council
of Nation consists of 144 members of which 2/3 or 96 members
are elected by universal suffrage among and by the Local
Assemblies elected ("Assemblées Populaires
Communales et de Wilaya") at each "Wilaya"
(region), and the third remainder, or 48 members designated
by the President of the Republic. The term of the mandate
of the Council of Nation is six years; half in every three
years makes the renewal, however.
The Council of Nation performs with the
National People's Assembly (APN), the legislative power.
In this regard, the National Council votes the laws with
the majority of the ¾ of its members (Art. 120).
It can only be ceased for texts already adopted by the
APN and for which it does not posses any power of amendment.
In the event of a disagreement between the APN and the
Council of Nation, an ad-hoc equally represented commission
is set up with a mandate of proposing a revised text,
which is submitted for the consent of both houses without
President : Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah