Algeria's ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has endorsed the country's five-year economic plan at a special congress in Algiers.
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Background: Algeria's ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has endorsed the country's five-year economic plan at a special congress in Algiers. Priority will be given to social spending, with agricultural and housing receiving special attention. The programme will cost a total of 128 billion diners (25.5 million dollars).
SYNOPSIS: About 3,000 delegates and 600 military representatives attended the opening session of the congress on Sunday (15 June), when President Chadli Benjedid also outlined proposed political changes.
At stake is the fate of the 17-strong politburo, which the main political leaders belong to. The FLN Central Committee had already given President Benjedid a free hand to change party structures and to choose, "right men at right places". These changes were endorsed by congress and they could lead to prominent officials being removed.
But the main task facing FLN delegates was the economy. Despite its massive oil and gas resources, Algeria suffers from a chronic shortage of basic products. The country now produces only 30 percent of its foodstuffs, compared to 70 percent before independence. Massive imports are necessary and a 50 million dinar (10 million dollars) programme has been introduced to overcome shortages in 1980. Delegates also decided to increase the housing allocation and 60 billion dinars (12 billion dollars) have been budgeted for this in the five-year plan. But congress was told the economic structure would have to be altered to reduce overseas borrowing.