Striking Algerian judges have returned to work after their main union announced an end to a mass 10-day walkout over alleged executive interference in the judiciary.
Algerian judges and prosecutors began an open-ended strike on October 27 demanding independence for the judiciary after a massive reshuffle affecting 3,000 judges and prosecutors.
At the time, the National Magistrates’ Syndicate (SNM) decried the transfers by the justice ministry as “a stranglehold by the executive over the power of the judiciary”.
But the National Magistrates’ Syndicate (SNM) said an agreement was reached with the ministry that would allow judges to challenge their transfers by filing appeals to the Supreme Judicial Council.
It also said the deal involved setting up a workshop to “enrich” legislation on judicial independence.