Council of the Nation

Council of the Nation
Conseil de la nation
President of the council of the Nation
Abdelkhader Bensalah, RND
Since 2 July 2002
Vice president of the Council of the Nation
Zohra Drif, FLN
Since 10 September 2002
Seats 144 members
Political groups
  •      Appointed Members (47)[1]
  •      RND (42)
  •      FLN (40)
  •      Independents (6)
  •      FFS (4)
  • PFJ (1)
  •      MPA (1)
  • FM (1)
  • Ahd 54 (1)
  • Vacant (1)
Meeting place
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The Council of the Nation (majlis al'umm) is the upper house of the Algerian Parliament. It is composed of 144 members, 2/3 of which are elected indirectly and 1/3 of which are appointed by the president.[2]

Abdelkhader Bensalah was elected as President of the Council of the Nation on July 2, 2002, re-elected on January 11, 2007 and January 10, 2008. Zohra Drif was elected as Vice-president of the Council of the Nation on September 10, 2002, re-elected on March 7, 2007 and March 8, 2008.


The Council has 144 members:


There are 48 dual-member constituencies (two seats) corresponding to the number of wilayas (= departments) of the country.

The election shall be by majority vote in two rounds by and from an electoral college composed of elected popular wilaya assemblies and communal people's assemblies (approx. 15,000 members ).


The term of office is six years. The Chamber is renewed by half every three years.

Board member commits himself before his peers who can revoke his mandate by a majority of its members, if it commits a shameful action for his mission.


See also


  2. CIA World Factbook "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-12-07., accessed 2011-07-05

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