Government, Executive and Legislature
bicameral legislature, Nation members, upper house, council of ministers, lower house
A president is head of state of Algeria. The president is popularly elected to a five-year term and may serve no more than two terms. The president appoints a prime minister as head of government. The prime minister in turn appoints a council of ministers to help carry out the functions of government.
Algeria has a bicameral legislature consisting of a 144-member Council of the Nation as the upper house and a 380-member National People’s Assembly as the lower house. One-third of the Council of the Nation members are appointed by the president; the other two-thirds are chosen by municipal councils. All members serve six-year terms. Members of the National People’s Assembly are popularly elected to four-year terms.
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