In the Name of God the Merciful and the Compassionate
The Algerian people are a free people, and decided to remain so.
Its history is a long series of struggles which always made Algeria a land of freedom and dignity.
Being at the heart of great events witnessed by the Mediterranean area
throughout history, Algeria has found in her sons, since the Numid era
and the Islamic epic and up to the wars of decolonization, the pioneers
of freedom, unity and progress as well as builders of democratic and
prosperous States during the periods of glory and peace.
The 1st of November 1954 was a turning point for its destiny and a
crowning for the tong resistance to aggressions carried out against its
culture, its values and the fundamental components of its identity
which are Islam, Arabity and Amazighity. Its current struggles are well
rooted in the glorious past of the nation.
Gathered in the national movement and later within the National Front
of Liberation, the Algerian people have made great sacrifices in order
to assume their collective destiny in the framework of recovered
freedom and cultural identity and to build authentic people's
democratic constitutional institutions.
The National Front of Liberation crowned the sacrifices of the best
sons of Algeria during the People's war of liberation with independence
and built a modern and full sovereign State.
The belief in the collective chokes allowed the people to achieve great
successes, characterized by the recovery of the national resources and
the building of a State exclusively for the benefit of the people and
exercising freely its powers and without any external pressures.
Having fought and still fighting for freedom and democracy, the
Algerian people, by this Constitution, decided to build constitutional
institutions based on the participation of any Algerian, man and woman,
in the management of public affairs; and on the ability to achieve
social Justice, equality and freedom for all.
The Constitution is the concretisation of the People's genius, the
reflection of their aspirations, the fruit of their determination and
the product of the deep social changes. Thus, in approving this
Constitution, the People are, more than ever, decided to consider the
law above everything.
The Constitution is above all, it is the fundamental law which
guarantees the individual and collective rights and liberties, protects
the principle of the People 's free choke and gives the legitimacy to
the exercise of powers. It helps to ensure the legal protection and the
control of the public authorities in a society in which lawfulness and
man's progress prevail in all its dimensions.
Strong with their deeply rooted spiritual values and preserving their
traditions of solidarity and justice, the people are confident in their
ability to participate efficiently in the cultural, social and economic
progress of the present and future world.
Algeria, being a land of Islam, an integral part of the Great Maghreb,
an Arab land, a Mediterranean and African country is proud of the
radiance of its 1st of November Revolution and is honored by the
respect the country gained and knew how to preserve it through its
engagement towards the just causes in the world.
The pride of the People, their sacrifices, their sense of
responsibility and their ancestral attachment to freedom and to social
justice are the best guaranty for the respect to this Constitution
which they adopt and transmit to future generations, heirs of the
freedom pioneers and the builders of free society.
Part One General Principles Governing the Algerian Society
Chapter I - Algeria
Algeria is a People's Democratic Republic. It is one and indivisible.
Islam is the religion of the State.
Arabic is the national and official language.
The capital of the Republic is Algiers.
Flag, Seal, Anthem
The national flag, the State seal and the national anthem are defined by the law.
Chapter II - The People
(1) The People are the source of any power.
(2) The national sovereignty belongs exclusively to the People.
Constituent Power, Referendum
(1) The constituent power belongs to the People.
(2) The People exercise their sovereignty through institutions they set up.
(3) The People exercise it by means of referendum and through the elected representatives.
(4) The President of the Republic may resort directly to the expression of the People's will.
The People set up institutions having as objectives:cralaw
- the safeguard and consolidation of the national independence;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the safeguard and consolidation of the national identity and unity;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the protection of fundamental liberties of the citizen and the social and cultural progress of the Nation;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the suppression of the exploitation of man by man;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the protection of the national economy from any form of embezzlement
or misappropriation, illegitimate monopolizing or seizure.
The institutions are not allowed:cralaw
- feudal, regionalist and nepotic practices;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- setting up exploitation relationships and dependence links;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- practices that are contrary to the Islamic ethics and to the values of the November Revolution.
(1) The People choose freely their representatives.
(2) The representation of the People has no limits except those defined by the Constitution and the electoral law.
Chapter III - The State
Legitimacy, Motto, Purpose
(1) The State takes its legitimacy and its raison d'etre from the People's will.
(2) Its motto is "By the People and for the People".
(3) It is exclusively for the service of the People.
(1) The sovereignty of the State is exercised on its terrestrial space, its air space, and its waters.
(2) The State also exercises its sovereign right established by the
international law on any of its various areas of the maritime space to
which they belong.
In any circumstances should a part of the national territory be abandoned or alienated.
(1) The State is based on the principles of democratic organization and of social justice.
(2) The elected Assembly is the framework in which is expressed the
people's will and the control of the public authorities is exercised.
(1) The territorial collectivities of the State are the "Commune" and the "Wilaya".
(2) The "Commune" is the basic collectivity.
The elected assembly represents the basis of decentralization and a
place of the citizens' participation in the management of public
(1) Public property belongs to the national collectivity.
(2) It includes the underground, the mines and quarries, the natural
resources of energy, the mineral, natural and living resources in the
various national maritime areas, waters and forests.
(3) It also includes rail, maritime and air transport, the mail and
telecommunications as well as other properties defined by the law.
(1) The national properties are defined by the law.
(2) They include public and private properties of the State, the "Wilaya" and the "Commune".
(3) The management of the national properties is carried out in accordance with the law.
(1) The organization of external trade is the domain of the State only.
(2) The law defines the conditions and control of external trade.
(1) Expropriation can be carried out only within the framework of the law.
(2) It gives right to a prior, just and fair compensation.
The functions in the State institutions should neither be a source of
wealth nor a means of being for the service of private interests.
Abuse of Power
Power abuse is repressed by the law.
The Administration's impartiality is guaranteed by the law.
Security, Protection Abroad
The State is responsible for the security of persons and properties. It ensures the protection of every citizen abroad.
(1) The enhancement and the development of the defense capacity of the Nation are organized within the National People's Army.
(2) The permanent task of the National People's Army is to safeguard
the national independence and to defend the national sovereignty.
(3) It ensures the defense of the country's unity and the territorial
integrity as well as the protection of its terrestrial and air space,
and the various areas of its maritime space.
(1) Algeria does not resort to war in order to undermine the legitimate sovereignty and the freedom of other peoples.
(2) It puts forth its efforts to settle international disputes through peaceful means.
Algeria associates itself with all the peoples fighting for their
political and economic liberation, for the right of self determination
and against any racial discrimination.
Algeria works for the reinforcement of international cooperation and to
the development of friendly relations among States, on equal basis,
mutual interest and non interference in the internal affairs. It
endorses the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter.
Chapter IV - Rights and Liberties
Equality Before the Law, No Discrimination
All citizens are equal before the law. No discrimination shall prevail
because of bind, race, sex, opinion or any other personal or social
condition or circumstance.
(1) The Algerian nationality is defined by the law.
(2) Conditions for acquiring, keeping, losing or forfeiture of the Algerian nationality are defined by the law.
The aim of the institutions is to ensure equality of rights and duties
of all citizens, men and women, by removing the obstacles which hinder
the progress of human beings and impede the effective participation of
all in the political, economic, social and cultural life.
Fundamental Rights and Liberties
The fundamental human and citizen's rights and liberties are
guaranteed. They are a common heritage of all Algerians, men and women,
whose duty is to transmit it from generation to another in order to
preserve it and keep it inviolable.
Protection of Rights
Individual or associative defense of the fundamental human rights and individual and collective liberties is guaranteed.
Personal Integrity, Human Dignity
(1) The State guarantees the inviolability of the human entity.
(2) Any form of physical or moral violence or breach of dignity is forbidden.
Repression of Infringements
Infringements committed against rights and libel ties and violations of
physical or moral integrity of a human being are repressed by the law.
Freedom of creed and opinion is inviolable.
Freedom of trade and industry is guaranteed, it is carried out within the framework of the law.
Intellectual, Artistic, Scientific Innovation, Copyright
(1) Freedom of intellectual, artistic and scientific innovation is guaranteed to the citizen.
(2) Copyrights are protected by the law.
(3) The seizure of any publication, recording or any other means of
communication acid information can only be done in pursuance of a
Privacy, Secrecy of Communication
(1) The private life and the honour of the citizen are inviolable and protected by the law.
(2) The secrecy of private correspondence and communication, in any form, is guaranteed.
The State guarantees home inviolability. No thorough search can be
allowed unless in pursuance of the law and in compliance with the
latter. The thorough search can only be in pursuance of a search
warrant emanating from the competent judicial authority.
Expression, Association, Meeting
Freedom of expression, association and meeting are guaranteed to the citizen.
Political Parties, Restrictions
(1) The right to create political parties is recognized and guaranteed.
(2) However, this right cannot be used to violate the fundamental
liberties, the fundamental values and components of the national
identity, the national unity, the security and the integrity of the
national territory, the independence of the country and the People's
sovereignty as well as the democratic and Republican nature of the
(3) In respect to the provisions of the present Constitution, the
political parties cannot be founded on religious, linguistic, racial,
sex, corporatist or regional basis. The political parties cannot resort
to partisan propaganda on the elements mentioned in the previous
(4) Any obedience, in any form of the political parties to foreign interests or parties is forbidden.
(5) No political party can resort to any form of any nature of violence or constraint.
(6) Other obligations and duties are prescribed by the law.
(1) The right to create associations is guaranteed.
(2) The State encourages the development of associative movement.
(3) The law defines the conditions and clauses of the creation of associations.
Moving, Dwelling, Entry, Exit
(1) Any citizen enjoying his civil and political rights has the right
to choose freely his place of dwelling and to move on the national
(2) The right of entry and exit from the national territory is guaranteed.
Any person is presumed not guilty until his culpability is established
by a regular jurisdiction with all the guarantees required by the law.
nulla poena sine lege
None is guilty unless it is in accordance with a promulgated law prior to the incriminated action.
Rule of Law
None can be pursued, arrested or detained unless within the cases
defined by the law and in accordance with the forms prescribed.
(1) In the field of penal investigation, custody is under judiciary control and cannot exceed forty-eight (48) hours.
(2) The person held in custody has the right to be immediately in contact with his family.
(3) The extension of the period of custody can occur, exceptionally, only within the conditions established by the law.
(4) At the expiry of the period of custody, it is compulsory to proceed
to a medical examination of the person detained if this latter asks for
it, and in any cases, this person is informed of this right.
Miscarriage of Justice
Miscarriage of justice leads to compensation by the State. The law determines the conditions and modes of compensation.
Any citizen fulfilling the legal conditions can elect and be elected.
Equal Access to Offices
Equal access to functions and positions in the State is guaranteed to
all citizens without any other conditions except those defined by the
(1) Private property is guaranteed.
(2) The right to inherit is guaranteed.
(3) The "Wakf" properties and the foundations are recognized; their intended purpose is protected by the law.
(1) The right for education is guaranteed. Education is free within the conditions defined by the law.
(2) Fundamental education is compulsory.
(3) The State organizes the educational system.
(4) The State ensures the equal access to education and professional training.
(1) All citizens have the right for the protection of their health.
(2) The State ensures the prevention and the fight of endemics and epidemics.
(1) All citizens have right for work.
(2) The right for protection security and hygiene at work is guaranteed by the law.
(3) The right to rest is guaranteed; the law defines the relevant clauses.
The trade union right is recognized to all citizens.
(1) The right to strike is recognized; it is carried out within the framework of the law.
(2) The law may forbid or limit the strike in the field of national
defense and security or in any public service or activity of vital
interest for the community.
The family gains protection from the State and the society.
The living conditions of the citizens under the age of working or those unable or can never be able to work are guaranteed.
Duty to Obey Laws
(1) Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
(2) Every person should abide by the Constitution and comply with the laws of the Republic.
Duty to Protect Independence
(1) The duty of every citizen is to protect and safeguard the
independence of the country and the integrity of its national territory
as well as all the symbols of the State.
(2) Treason, spying, obedience to the enemy as well as all the
infringements committed against the State security are severely
repressed by the law.
(1) Every citizen should, loyally, fulfill his obligations towards the national community.
(2) The commitment of every citizen towards the Mother Country and the
obligation to contribute to its defense are sacred and permanent duties.
(3) The State guarantees the respect of the symbols of the Revolution,
the memory of the "chouhada" and the dignity of their rightfuls, and
Duty to Respect Rights
All the individual liberties are carried out within the respect of the
rights of others recognized by the Constitution, in particular, the
respect of the right for honour, intimacy and the protection of the
family, the youth and childhood.
(1) The citizens are equals before the taxes.
(2) Everyone should participate in financing the public expenses, in accordance with his contributory capacity,
(3) No taxes can be laid down unless in accordance with the law.
(4) No tax, contribution or duty of any nature can be laid down with a retrospective effect.
The law sanctions the duty of parents in the education and protection
of their children as well as the duty of the children in helping and
assisting their parents.
Duty to Protect Public Property
The duty of every citizen is to protect the public property and the
interests of the national community and to respect the property of
Rights of Foreigners
Any foreigner being legally on the national territory enjoys the protection of his person and his properties by the law.
None can be extradited unless in accordance and in implementation of the extradition law.
Political Refugees, Asylum
In no case, a political refugee having legally the right of asylum can be delivered or extradited.
Part Two Organization of Powers
Chapter I - The Executive Power
(1) The President of the Republic, Head of the State, embodies the unity of the Nation. He is the guarantor of the Constitution.
(2) He embodies the State within the country and abroad.
(3) He addresses the Nation directly.
(1) The President of the Republic is elected by direct, secret and universal suffrage.
(2) The election acquired through the absolute majority of the expressed votes.
(3) The other modes of presidential election are defined by the law.
The President of the Republic exercises the supreme magistracy within the limits defined by the Constitution.
(1) To be eligible to the Presidency of the Republic, the candidate should:cralaw
- have, solely, the Algerian nationality by origin;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- be a Muslim;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- be more than forty (40) years-old the day of the election;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- enjoy full civil and political rights;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- prove the Algerian nationality of the spouse;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- justify his participation in the 1st of November 1954 Revolution for the candidates born before July 1942;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- justify the non-involvement of the parents of the candidate born
after July 1942, in actions hostile to the 1st of November 1954
- submit a public declaration of his personal and real estate existing either within Algeria or abroad.
(2) Other conditions are prescribed by the law.
(1) The duration of the presidential mandate is five (5) years.
(2) The President of the Republic can be reelected once only.
(1) The President of the Republic takes an oath before the People and
in the presence of the high authorities of the Nation, in the week
following his election.
(2) He enters into of lice after taking the Oath.
The President of the Republic takes the Oath in the following terms:
"In the Name of God the Merciful and the Compassionate Faithful to the
great sacrifices and to the memory of our martyrs as well as to the
ideals of the eternal November Revolution. I do solemnly swear by God
the almighty that I will respect and glorify the Islamic religion,
defend the Constitution, see to the continuity of the State and provide
the necessary conditions for the normal functioning of the
reinforcement of the democratic process, respect the free choice of the
people as well as the institutions and laws of the Republic, preserve
the integrity of the national territory, the unity of the people and
the nation, protect the fundamental human and citizen's rights and
liberties, work for the development and progress of the people and put
all my strength to the achievement of the great ideals of justice,
freedom and peace in the world. God is my witness."
In addition to the powers bestowed, explicitly, upon him by other
provisions of the Constitution the President of the Republic has the
following powers and prerogatives:cralaw
1. he is the Supreme Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Republic;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
2. he is responsible for the National Defense;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
3. he decides and conducts the foreign policy of the Nation;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
4. he presides the Cabinet;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
5. he appoints the Head of Government and puts an end to his functions;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
6. he signs the presidential decrees;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
7. he has the right of pardon, remission or commutation of punishment;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
8. he can refer to the People through a referendum on any issue of national importance;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
9. he concludes and ratifies international treaties;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
10. he awards State medals, decorations and honorific titles.
(1) The President of the Republic appoints:cralaw
1. to posts and mandates provided by the Constitution:cralaw
2. to State civil and military posts;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
3. to nominations decided in the Cabinet;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
4. the President of the Council of State;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
5. the Secretary General of the Government;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
6. the Governor of the Bank of Algeria;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
7. the Magistrates;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
8. high officials of security bodies;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
9. the "walis".
(2) The President of the Republic appoints and recalls the ambassadors
and the special envoys of the Republic abroad. He receives the
credentials and the letters of recall of foreign diplomatic
(1) The Head of Government presents the members of the Government he chose to the President of the Republic who appoints them.
(2) The Head of Government establishes a programme and submits it to the Cabinet.
(1) The Head of Government submits his programme for approval to the
People's National Assembly. This latter opens, for this purpose, a
(2) The Head of Government may adapt his programme in the light of this debate.
(3) The Head of Government addresses a communication on his programme to the Council of Nation.
(4) The Council of Nation may issue a resolution.
In case of non approval of his programme by the People's National
Assembly, the Head of Government presents the resignation of his
Government to the President of the Republic. This latter appoints again
a Head of Government in accordance with the same modes.
(1) If the People's National Assembly's approval is not obtained, the People's National Assembly is dissolved de jure.
(2) The Government in office is kept in position in order to manage
daily affairs until the election of a new People's National Assembly
within a maximum period of three (3) months.
The Head of Government executes and coordinates the programme adopted by the People's National Assembly.
(1) The Government presents each year a general policy declaration to the People's National Assembly.
(2) The general policy declaration is followed by a debate on the action of the Government.
(3) This debate may end up with a resolution.
(4) It may also lead the People's National Assembly to bring in a vote
of censure, in accordance with the provisions of ARTICLEs 135, 136 and
(5) The Head of Government may ask the People's National Assembly a
vote of confidence. If the motion of confidence is not voted, the Head
of Government presents the resignation of his Government.
(6) In this case, the President of the Republic may, before accepting
the resignation, use the provisions of ARTICLE 129 under-mentioned.
(7) The Government may also present a general policy declaration to the Council of Nation.
In addition to the powers bestowed upon him explicitly by other
provisions of the Constitution, the Head of Government exercises the
1. he distributes the functions among the members of the Government in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
2. he presides the Council of Government;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
3. he sees to the execution of laws and rules;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
4. he signs executive decrees;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
5. he appoints to state offices, without prejudice to the provisions of ARTICLEs 77 and 78 above mentioned;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
6. he sees to the best functioning of the public administration.
The Head of Government may present to the President of the Republic the resignation of his Government.
(1) The President of the Republic cannot, in any cases, delegate the
power to appoint the Head of Government, the members of the Government,
as well as the presidents and members of constitutional institutions
for whom another mode of designation is not provided by the
(2) Moreover, he cannot delegate his power to resort to referendum, to
dissolve the People's National Assembly, to decide on anticipated
legislative elections, to implement the provisions of ARTICLEs 77, 78,
91, 93 to 95, 97, 124, 127 and 128 of the Constitution.
(1) If the President of the Republic, because of serious and
long-lasting illness, happens to be in the impossibility to carry out
his functions, the Constitutional Council meets de jure, and after
having verified the reality of the impediment by the appropriate means,
proposes, unanimously, to the Parliament to declare the state of
(2) The Parliament sitting, in both chambers convened together,
declares the state of impediment of the President of the Republic, with
a majority of two-thirds (2/3) of its members and charges the President
of the Council of Nation, to stand for the Head of State by interim for
a maximum period of forty five (45) days and carry out his prerogatives
in accordance with the provisions of ARTICLE 90 of the Constitution.
(3) If the impediment continues at the expiry of the forty- five (45)
days period, a declaration of vacancy by resignation de jure is made in
accordance with the procedure mentioned in the above paragraphs and the
provisions of the following paragraph of the present ARTICLE.
(4) In case of resignation or death of the President of the Republic,
the Constitutional Council meets de jure and ascertains the permanent
vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic.
(5) It, immediately, communicates the permanent vacancy declaration act to the Parliament which meets de jure.
(6) The President of the Council of Nation assumes the charge of Head
of State for a maximum period of sixty (60) days, during which
presidential elections are organized.
(7) The Head of State, thus designated, cannot be candidate to the Presidency of the Republic.
(8) In case the resignation or the death of the President of the
Republic comes in conjunction with the vacancy of the Presidency of the
Council of Nation whatever the cause may be, the Constitutional council
meets de jure and ascertain, unanimously, the permanent vacancy of the
Presidency of the Republic and the impediment of the President of the
Council of Nation. In this case, the President of the Constitutional
Council assumes the function of the Head of State in accordance with
the conditions defined in the preceding paragraphs of the present
ARTICLE and ARTICLE 90 of the Constitution. I le cannot be candidate
for the Presidency of the Republic.
(1) When one of the candidates of the second round of the presidential
elections dies, withdraws or is hindered for any reason, the President
of the Republic in office or who assumes the function of Head of State
remains in of lice until the proclamation of the election of the
President of the Republic.
(2) In this case, the Constitutional Council extends the period of
organizing the election for a maximum period of sixty (60) days.
(3) The organic law will determine the conditions and modes of implementing the present provisions.
(1) The Government in office at the time of the impediment, the death
or the resignation of the President of the Republic cannot be resigned
or re shuffled until the new President of the Republic comes into
(2) In the case the Head of Government in office, is candidate for the
Presidency of the Republic, he resigns de jure. The function of Head of
Government is assumed by a member of the Government appointed by the
Head of State.
(3) During the periods of forty five (45) days and sixty (60) days
provided for by ARTICLEs 88 and 89, the provisions in the paragraphs 7
and 8 of ARTICLE 77 and the ARTICLEs 79, 124, 129, 136, 137, 174, 176,
177 of the Constitution cannot be implemented.
(4) During these same periods, the provisions of ARTICLEs 91, 93, 94,
95, 97 of the Constitution cannot be implemented unless the Parliament
sitting in both cambers convened together gives its approval, the
Constitutional Council and the High Security Council referred to before.
(1) In case of urgent necessity, the High Security Council convened,
the President of the People's National Assembly, the President of the
Council of Nation, the Head of Government and the President of the
Republic decrees the state of emergency or the stat of siege, for a
definite period and takes all the necessary measures to restore the
(2) The duration of the state of emergency or the state of siege cannot
be extended unless with the approval of the parliament sitting in both
chambers convened together.
The organization of the state of emergency and the sate of siege is defined by an organic law.
(1) When the country is threatened by an impending danger to its
institutions, to its independence or to its territorial integrity, the
President of the Republic decrees the state of exception.
(2) Such a measure is taken after referring to the President of the
People's National Assembly, the President of the Council of Nation and
the Constitutional Council, and hearing the High Security Council and
(3) The state of exception entitles the President of the Republic to
take exceptional measures dictated by the safeguard of the independence
of the Nation and the institutions of the Republic.
(4) The Parliament meets de jure. The state of exception mentioned above and which led to its proclamation.
The High Security Council heard, the President of the People's National
Assembly and the President of the Council of Nation referred to, the
President of the Republic decrees the general mobilization during the
meeting of the Cabinet.
(1) The Cabinet met, the High Security Council heard, the President of
the People's National Assembly and the President of the Council of
Nation referred to, the President of the Republic declares war in case
of effective or impending aggression in accordance with the relevant
provisions of the United Nations Charter.
(2) The parliament meets de jure. The President of the Republic addresses a message informing the Nation.
(1) During the period of the state of war, the Constitution is suspended, the President of the Republic assumes all the powers.
(2) When the mandate of the President of the Republic comes to expiry, it is extended de jure until the end of the war.
(3) In case the President of the Republic resigns or dies or any other
impediment, the President of the Council of Nation assumes, as Head of
State and within the same conditions as that of the President of the
Republic, all the prerogatives required by the state of war. In case
there is a conjunction of the vacancy of the Presidency of the Republic
and the Presidency of the Council of Nation, the President of the
Constitutional Council assumes, the function of the Head of State
within the conditions provided for above.
(1) The President of the Republic signs armistice agreements and peace treaties.
(2) He receives the opinion of the Constitutional Council on the
relevant agreements. He submits the latter immediately to be approved
explicitly by each of the two chambers of the Parliament.
Chapter II - The Legislative Power
The legislative power is exercised by a parliament, consisting of two
chambers, the People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation. The
Parliament is sovereign to elaborate and vote the law.
(1) The parliament controls the action of the Government within the
conditions defined by ARTICLEs 80, 84, 133 and 134 of the Constitution.
(2) The control, provided for in ARTICLEs 135 to 137 of the Constitution, is carried out by the People's National Assembly.
The Parliament should, within its constitutional attributions, remain
faithful tot he trust of the people and be permanently aware of their
(1) The members of the People's National Assembly are elected by means of a universal direct and secret suffrage.
(2) Two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Council of Nation are
elected by means of indirect and secret suffrage among and by the
members of the People's Communal Assemblies and the People's Malaya
(3) One third (1/3) of the members of the Council of Nation is
designated by the President of the Republic among the national
personalities and qualified persons in the scientific, cultural,
professional, economic and social fields.
(4) The number of members of the Council of Nation is equal to the
half, to the utmost, of the members of the People's National Assembly.
(5) The modes of implementing paragraph 2 above mentioned are defined by the law.
(1) The People's National Assembly is elected for a period of five (05) years.
(2) The mandate of the Council of Nation is limited to six (06) years.
(3) Half the members of the Council of Nation is renewed every three (03) years.
(4) The mandate of the Parliament cannot be extended unless there are
very exceptional circumstances which hinder the normal progress of
elections. This situation is ascertained by a decision of the
Parliament, sitting in both chambers convened together, following a
proposal of the President of the Republic and the Constitutional
Council referred to.
The modes for the election of deputies and those concerning the
election or the appointment of members of the Council of Nation, the
conditions of eligibility, the rules of ineligibility and
incompatibility are defined by an organic law.
The validation of the mandate of the deputies and that of the members
of the Council of Nation comes within the respective competence of each
of the two chambers.
The mandate of the deputy and the member of the Council of Nation is
national. It can be renewed and not concurrent with other mandate or
(1) The deputy or the member of the Council of Nation who does not
fulfill or does not fulfill any more the conditions of his eligibility
incurs the forfeiture of his mandate.
(2) This forfeiture is decided according to the case by the People's
National Assembly or the Council of Nation by the majority of their
(1) The deputy or the member of the Council of Nation commits himself
before his peers who can revoke his mandate if he commits a shameful
action for his mission.
(2) The internal rules of each of the two chambers define the
conditions of excluding a deputy or a member of the Council of Nation.
The exclusion is decided according to the case by the People's National
Assembly or the Council of Nation, by the majority of its members
without prejudice to any other common law lawsuits.
The conditions by which the Parliament accepts the resignation of one of its members are defined by an organic
(1) Parliamentary immunity is recognized to deputies and members of the Council of Nation during the period of their mandate.
(2) They cannot be subject to lawsuits, arrest, or in general, to any
civil or penal action or pressure because of opinions they expressed,
utterances they maple or votes they gave during the exercise of their
Lawsuits cannot be instituted against a deputy or a member of the
Council of Nation for crime or infringement unless there is an explicit
renunciation of the concerned or an authorization according to the case
from the People's National Assembly or the Council of Nation which
decides by the majority of its members to lift the immunity.
(1) In case of flagrant infringement or flagrant crime, the deputy or
the member of the Council of Nation may be arrested. The bureau of the
People's National Assembly or of the Council of Nation, depending on
the case, is informed immediately.
(2) The informed bureau may ask the suspension of lawsuits and the
liberation of the deputy or the member of the Council of Nation; it
will then be proceeded according to the provisions of ARTICLE 110 above
An organic law defines the conditions for the replacement of a deputy
or a member of the Council of Nation in case there is vacancy of his
(1) The term of the legislative body begins de jure the tenth day
following the date of the election of the People's National Assembly,
under the chairmanship of the oldest member assisted by the two
(2) The People's National Assembly elects its bureau and forms its
committees. The above mentioned provisions are applied to the Council
The President of the People's Assembly is elected for the term of the
legislative body. The President of the Council of Nation is elected
after each partial renewal of the members of the Council.
(1) The organization and the functioning of the People's National
Assembly and the Council of Nation as well as the functional relations
between the chambers of the Parliament and the Government are defined
by an organic law.
(2) The budget of the chambers as well as the salaries of the deputies
and the members of the Council of Nation are defined by the law.
(3) The People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation elaborate and adopt their internal rules.
(1) The sittings of the Parliament are public.
(2) The proceedings are recorded in a book and published in accordance with the conditions defined by an organic law.
(3) The People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation may sit in
camera upon a request made by their presidents, by the majority of
their members present or by the Head of Government.
The People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation set up permanent committees in the framework of their internal rules.
(1) The Parliament meets in two ordinary sessions a year, each lasting a minimum period of four (04) months.
(2) The Parliament may hold a meeting in an extraordinary session on the initiative of the President of the Republic.
(3) The President of the Republic can hold a meeting of the Parliament
on a request made by the Head of Government or by the two thirds (2/3)
of the members of the People's National Assembly.
(4) The closure of the extraordinary session comes after the Parliament has exhausted the agenda for which it was convened.
(1) The Head of Government and the deputies have the right to initiate laws.
(2) To be admissible, proposed laws are brought in by twenty (20) deputes.
(3) Draft laws are presented in the Cabinet following the opinion of
the Council of State then submitted to the bureau of the People's
National Assembly by the Head of Government.
(1) To be adopted, any draft law or law proposal should be debated
successively by the People's National Assembly and the Council of
(2) The discussion of draft laws or law proposals by the People's National Assembly concerns the text which is presented to it.
(3) The Council of Nation deliberates the text voted by the People's
National Assembly and adopts it by the majority of three quarters (3/4)
of its members.
(4) In case there is a disagreement between the two chambers, a
committee of equal representation of the two chambers meets on a
request of the Head of Government to propose a text on the provisions
subject of the disagreement.
(5) This text is submitted by the Head of Government to be adopted by
the two chambers and cannot be amended unless with the agreement of the
(6) In case the disagreement persists, the text is withdrawn.
(7) The Parliament adopts the financial law within a period of seventy
five-(75) days at the utmost from the date it was submitted in
accordance with the preceding paragraphs.
(8) In case it was not adopted in the time limit the President of the
Republic promulgates the draft text of the Government by ordinance.
(9) Other procedures are defined by the organic law mentioned in ARTICLE 115 of the Constitution.
Is inadmissible any law proposal which leads to or the subject of which
is to reduce public resources or increase public expenses unless it is
accompanied by measures aiming at increasing the State income or
making, at least, corresponding savings in other items of public
The Parliament legislates in the domains which the Constitution assigned to it, as well as the following domains:cralaw
1. fundamental rights and duties of the individuals, in particular, the
rules of public liberties, the safeguard of individual liberties and
the obligations of the citizens;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
2. general rules concerning personal statute and the family status and,
in particular, marriage, divorce, affiliation, capacity and inheritance;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
3. conditions of individual's establishment;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
4. basic legislation concerning the Nationality;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
5. general rules related to the condition of the foreigners;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
6. rules related to the judiciary organization and to the setting up of jurisdictions;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
7. general rules of penal law and penal procedures; and in particular,
the determination of crimes and infringements, the institution of
corresponding punishments of any nature, amnesty, extradition and the
8. general rules of civil procedure and execution means;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
9. rules of civil, trade and property obligations;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
10. territorial allotment of the country;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
11. adopting the national plan;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
12. voting the State budget;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
13. setting up tax base and rate, contributions and duties of any nature;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
14. customs regulations;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
15. money issuing regulations and bank, credit and insurance rules;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
16. general rules related to teaching and Scientific Research;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
17. general rules related to public health and population;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
18. general rules related to work law, social security and to the exercise of trade union right;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
19. general rules related to environment, living space and land management;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
20. general rules related to the protection of the fauna and the flora;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
21. protection and safeguard of cultural and historic heritage;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
22. general regulation for forests and grazing lands;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
23. general regulation for water;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
24. general regulation for mines and hydrocarbons;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
25. land regulation;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
26. the fundamental guaranties granted to civil servants and the general statute of civil service;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
27. general rules related to National Defense and the use of armed forces by civil authorities;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
28. rules of property transfer from the public sector to the private sector;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
29. the creation of types of establishments;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
30. instituting State medals, distinctions and honorific titles.
(1) In addition to the domains intended to the organic laws by the
Constitution, the Parliament legislates through organic laws in the
- organization and functioning of public powers;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- electoral regulation;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the law pertaining to political parties;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the law related to information;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the statute of magistracy and judiciary organization;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the outline law of financial laws;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the law pertaining to national security.
(2) The organic law is adopted by the absolute majority of the deputies
and the majority of three quarters (3/4) of the members of the Council
(3) It is submitted to the Constitutional Council for a conformity control before its promulgation.
(1) The President of the Republic can legislate by ordinance in case
there is a vacancy of the People's National Assembly or in the
inter-sessions periods of the Parliament.
(2) The President of the Republic submits the texts he enacted to be
approved by each of the two chambers of the Parliament in its next
(3) The ordinances not adopted by the Parliament are void.
(4) The President of the Republic may legislate by ordinance in case of
a state of exception defined by ARTICLE 93 of the Constitution.
(5) The ordinances are taken in a meeting of the Cabinet.
(1) The President of the Republic exercises the powers pertaining to
regulations for matters other than those intended to the law.
(2) The implementation of laws is the domain of the Head of Government.
(1) The law is promulgated by the President of the Republic within thirty (30) days from the date of handing it over.
(2) However, when the Constitutional Council is called upon by one of
the authorities mentioned in ARTICLE 166 under-mentioned, before the
promulgation of the law, this time limit is suspended until the
Constitutional Council expresses its opinion is accordance with the
conditions defined by ARTICLE 167 under-mentioned.
(1) The President of the Republic may request a second reading of the voted law within thirty (30) days following its adoption.
(2) In this case, the majority of two third (2/3) of the deputies of
the People's National Assembly is required for the law to be adopted.
The President of the Republic may address a message to the Parliament.
(1) The President of the People's National Assembly, the President of
the Council of Nation, the Head of Government, referred to, the
President of the Republic may decide the dissolution of the People's
National Assembly or the Organization of anticipated general elections.
(2) In the two cases, general elections are held within a maximum time limit of three (03) months.
(1) The Parliament may open a debate on foreign policy upon a request
made by the President of the Republic or one of the presidents of the
(2) The debate may end up, in that case, with a resolution, of the
Parliament sitting in both chambers convened together, which will be
sent to the President of the Republic.
Armistice agreements, peace, alliance and union treaties, treaties
related to State borders as well as treaties involving expenses not
provided for in the State budget are ratified by the President of the
Republic following an explicit approval by each of the chambers of the
Treaties ratified by the President of the Republic in accordance with
the conditions provided for by the Constitution are superior to the law.
(1) Members of the Parliament may call upon the Government on a topical issue.
(2) The committees of the Parliament may hear the members of Government.
(1) Members of the Parliament may address orally or in a written form any question to any member of the Government.
(2) Answers to written questions should be in written form within a maximum time limit of thirty (30) days.
(3) Answers to oral questions are given in session.
(4) If one of the two chambers considers that oral or written answers
of a member of the Government justifies a debate, this latter is opened
in accordance with the conditions provided for by the rules of
procedure of People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation.
(5) The questions and answers are published in accordance with the same
conditions as those of the minute of proceedings of the Parliament's
(1) In debating the general policy declaration, the People's National
Assembly may sue the Government's responsibility through voting a
motion of censure.
(2) Such a motion is admissible only if it was signed by, at least, one seventh (1/7) of the number of deputies.
(1) The motion of censure should be approved by the majority of two third (2/3) of the deputies.
(2) The vote occurs only three days after the motion of censure is brought in.
If the motion of censure is adopted by the People's National Assembly,
the Head of Government submits the resignation of his Government to the
President of the Republic.
Chapter III - The Judicial Power
The judicial power is independent. It is exercised within the framework of the law.
The judicial power protects the society and the liberties. It
guarantees, to all and to everyone, the safeguard of their fundamental
(1) Justice is founded on the principles of lawfulness and equality.
(2) It is the same for all, accessible for all and is expressed by the respect of the law.
Justice dispensed on behalf of the People.
Punishments should comply with the principles of lawfulness and individuality.
Justice deals with appeals against and administrative authorities decisions.
Justice decisions are justified and pronounced in public hearing.
All the qualified State bodies should ensure, at any time, in any place
and in any circumstances, the execution of justice decisions.
Justice is pronounced by magistrates. They can be assisted by People's
assessors in accordance with the conditions defined by the law.
The judge obeys to the law only.
The judge is protected against any foam of pressure, interventions or
maneuvers which prejudice his mission or the respect of his free will.
The magistrate is answerable before the High Council of Magistracy and
within the foams prescribed by the law on the way he accomplishes his
The law protects the justiciable against any abuse or deviation the judge.
(1) The right for defense is recognized.
(2) In penal matters, it is guaranteed.
(1) The High Court is the regulating body of the activities of the courts and tribunals.
(2) A Council of State is instituted as a regulating body of activities of the administrative jurisdictions.
(3) The High Court and the Council of State are responsible for the
unification of jurisprudence throughout the country and see to the
respect of the law.
(4) A Tribunal of Conflicts is instituted to settle conflicts of competency between the High Court and the Council of State.
The organization, the functioning and other attributions of the High
Court, the Council of State and the Tribunals of Conflicts are defined
by an organic law.
The High Council of Magistracy is presided by the President of the Republic.
(1) The High Council of Magistracy decides, within the conditions
defined by the law, the appointment, transfer and the progress of the
(2) It sees to the respect of the provisions provided for the statute
of the magistracy and of the control of discipline under the
chairmanship of the First President of the High Court.
The High Council of Magistracy gives a prior consultative opinion to
the exercise of the right of free pardon by the President of the
The composition, the functioning and the other prerogatives of the High Council of Magistracy are defined by an organic law.
(1) A High Court of State is instituted to deal with actions that can
be qualified of high treason committed by the President of the
Republic, with crimes and infringements committed by the Head of
Government during their of office.
(2) The composition, the organization and the functioning of the High
Court of State as well as the procedures of implementation are defined
by an organic law.
Part Three Control and Consultative Institutions
Chapter I - Control
The elected assemblies assume the function of control within its popular dimension.
(1) The Government presents to each chamber of the Parliament a report
on the use of budgetary credits which it voted for each financial year.
(2) The financial year is close as far as it concerns the Parliament by
a vote, by each of the chambers, of the financial year in question.
(1) Each of the two chambers of the Parliament may, within the
framework of its prerogatives, institute at any time committees
investigating affairs of general interest ARTICLE 162.
(2) The control institutions and bodies are in charge of checking the
conformity of the legislative and executive action with the
Constitution and to verify the conditions of use and management of
material means and public funds.
A Constitutional Council is institute to see to the respect of the
Constitution. The Constitutional Council sees also to the due form of
referendum operations, the election of the President of the Republic
and the legislative elections. It proclaims the results of these
The Constitutional Council is composed of nine (09) members: three (03)
appointed by the President of the Republic among whom is the President,
two (02) elected by the People's National Assembly, two (02) elected by
the Council of Nation, one (01) elected by the Supreme court of Nation,
one (01) elected by the Council of state. Once elected or appointed,
the members of the Constitutional Council cease any other mandate,
function, responsibility or mission. The President of the Republic
appoints the President of the Constitutional Council for a single
mandate of six (06) years. The other members of the Constitutional
Council fill a unique mandate of six (06) years and are renewed by half
every three (03) years.
(1) In addition to the prerogatives explicitly bestowed upon it by
other provisions of the Constitution, the Constitutional Council
pronounces on the constitutionality of treaties, laws and regulations,
either through an opinion if these are not enforced or, otherwise,
through a decision.
(2) The Constitutional Council, called upon by the President of the
Republic, expresses a compulsory opinion on the constitutionality of
the organic laws following their adoption by the Parliament.
(3) The Constitutional Council also pronounces on the conformity of the
rules of procedures of each of the two chambers of the Parliament with
the Constitution accordance with the provisions of the above mentions
The Constitutional Council is called upon by the President of the
Republic, the President of the People's National Assembly or by the
President of the Council of Nation.
(1) The Constitutional Council deliberates in camera; its opinion or
its decision are given within twenty (20) days following the date it
was referred to.
(2) The Constitutional Council defines the rules of its functioning.
When the Constitutional Council considers that a treaty, an agreement
or a convention is not constitutional, its ratification cannot take
When the Constitutional Council considers that a legislative or
regulatory provision is not constitutional, this latter loses its
effect from the date the decision is taken by the Council.
(1) An Audit Office is instituted with the task of controlling a
posteriori the finances of the State, the territorial collectivities
and public services.
(2) The Audit Office establishes a yearly report which is addressed to the President of the Republic.
(3) The law defines the prerogatives, the organization and the
functioning of the Audit Office as well as the sanctions of its
Chapter II - Consultative Institutions
A High Islamic Council is instituted to the President of the Republic and is trusted, in particular, with:cralaw
- encouraging and promoting "Ijtihad";chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- expressing its views in comparison with religious precepts on matters submitted to it;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- presenting a periodic report of activity to the President of the Republic.
The High Islamic Council is composed of fifteen (15) members, including
a president appointed by the President of the Republic among national
personalities highly qualified in various fields of science.
(1) A High Security Council presided by the President of the Republic
is instituted. Its task is to express views on all the issues related
to national security.
(2) The President of the Republic defines the modes of organization and functioning of the High Security Council.
Part Four Constitution Revision
(1) Constitutional revision is decided on the initiative of the
President of the Republic. It is voted, in the same manner, in
accordance with the same conditions applied to a legislative text by
the People's National Assembly and the Council of Nation.
(2) It is submitted to a referendum to be approved by the People within fifty (SO) days following its adoption.
(3) The Constitutional revision, approved by the People is promulgated by the President of the Republic.
(1) The law pertaining to the draft constitutional revision not approved by the People is void.
(2) It cannot be submitted again to the People during the same legislature.
When the Constitutional Council considers that the draft constitutional
revision does not infringe, at all, upon the general principles
governing the Algerian society, the human and citizen's rights and
liberties, or does not affect, in any way, the fundamental balance of
powers and of institutions, the President of the Republic may
promulgate, directly, the law pertaining to constitutional revision
without submitting it to People's referendum if it obtains the voices
of three quarters (3/4) of the members of the two chambers of the
The three quarters (3/4) of the members of the two chambers of the
Parliament meeting together can propose a constitutional revision and
present it to the President of the Republic who can submit it to a
If approved, it is promulgated.
Any constitutional revision cannot infringe on:cralaw
1. the republican nature of the State;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
2. the democratic order based on multi-party system;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
3. Islam as the religion of the State;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
4. arabic as the national and official language;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
5. fundamental liberties, and citizen's rights;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
6. integrity of the national territory.
Part Five - Transitional Provisions
The legislative body in office at the date of the promulgation of the
present Constitution and up to the end of its mandate, the President of
the Republic at the end of the legislative body's mandate and up to the
election of the People's National Assembly, legislate through
ordinances including the domains pertaining to organic laws.
Awaiting the setting up of the institutions provided for in the present Constitution:cralaw
- the laws in force pertaining to the organic domain remain applicable
up to their replacement or modification in accordance with the
procedures provided for by the Constitution;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the Constitutional Council, with its present representation, assumes
the prerogatives bestowed upon it by the present Constitution up to the
time of setting up institutions represented in its midst. Any
modification or addition should be subject to ARTICLE 164 (paragraph 3)
of the present Constitution, resorting, if necessary, to drawing lots;chanroblesvirtualawlibrary
- the elected People's National Assembly will assume full legislative
power until the Council of Nation is set up; However the President of
the Republic may delay the promulgation of the laws adopted by the
deputies until their adoption by the Council of Nation.
The renewal of half (1/2) the members of the Council of Nation during
the first mandate is carried out at the end of the third year by
drawing lots. Members of the Council of Nation are replaced by drawing
lots in the same conditions and following the same procedure of their
election or appointment. However, drawing lots does not concern the
President of the Council of Nation who assumes the first mandate of six
The President of the Republic promulgates the constitutional revision
text approved by the people and which will be carried out as the
fundamental law of the Republic.