Algerian speaker of parliament announces resignation

ALGIERS (AA) – Algerian Speaker of Parliament Said Bouhadja officially resigned from his post on Friday due to disputes with other lawmakers.

According to one parliamentary source, Bouhadja has already submitted his resignation.

“His resignation was a foregone conclusion after he lost the trust of the ruling National Liberation Front (NLF) and a number of lawmakers,” the source, speaking anonymously due to the issue’s sensitivity, said.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who leads the NLF, has yet to approve Bouhadja’s resignation, however.

Bouhadja’s abrupt resignation comes shortly after his decision to sack Bachir Slimani, parliament’s secretary-general — a move that had stirred considerable controversy.

In 2017, Bouhadja was elected parliamentary speaker, replacing Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa.