Algeria dissolves lower house of parliament, calls early elections

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Algiers, Feb.19 (BNA): Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday announced the dissolution of the lower house of parliament and called early legislative elections, said Reuters.


Addressing the nation on state television, Tebboune announced a government reshuffle in the next 24-48 hours.


“I decided to dissolve the assembly and call elections to build a new institution,” he said, without giving a date for the elections. 

Tebboune said the dissolution decision was part of reforms after amendments to the constitution in November last year aimed at giving parliament more powers. 

Elected in December 2019, Tebboune has vowed to take steps aimed at diversifying the economy away from oil and gas, which account for 60% of the state budget and 94% of total export revenue.