Algerian Minister Dismissed for Refusing to Renounce French Citizenship


A heated debate erupted in Algeria over the appointment of an official, who holds twin citizenship, as the brand new minister of the diaspora within the not too long ago reshuffled authorities.

According to the structure and the regulation figuring out the standards for assuming senior duties, any Algerian nationwide holding a second nationality can not assume excessive public duties.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune revoked Samir Chaabna’s appointment on Saturday after he refused to surrender his French nationality.

“The presidency of the republic has canceled the appointment Chaabna as delegate minister in charge of the Algerian community abroad, and he therefore, is no longer in the current government formation,” the premiership introduced in an announcement.

Political sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the lawmaker contacted the presidency on Friday and requested that his appointment be scrapped.

Sources defined that his determination got here in gentle of the presidency’s request to surrender his French citizenship to keep away from any punitive measures.

A supply from the Front El Moustakbel (Future Front) celebration, which nominated Chaabna within the 2017 parliamentary elections, stated the minister “has stated in his correspondence that Algerian authorities knew he had been in France for 30 years.”

He quoted Chaabna as saying that the Interior Ministry knew he holds the French citizenship when he ran for the legislative elections.

The constitutional modification invoice, which has been beneath dialogue for nearly two months now, proposes cancelling the regulation that bars figures holding twin citizenships from assuming senior positions in public establishments.

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