Algeria is governed under the constitution of 1976 as amended. The executive branch is headed by the president, who is head of state and is popularly elected for a five-year term; the president may serve for two terms. The prime minister is the head of government, and is appointed by the president in consultation with the parliament. The bicameral parliament consists of the 462-seat National People's Assembly, whose members are elected by popular vote to five-year terms, and the 144-seat Council of the Nation, whose members are appointed by the president (one third) or elected by indirect vote and serve six-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into 48 provinces.
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