Administration Ogranization

In Algeria there are 1,541 municipalities (baladiyahs). Each province, district, and municipality is named after its seat, which is usually the largest city. According to the Algerian constitution, a province is a territorial collectivity enjoying some economic freedom.

The People’s Provincial Assembly is the political entity governing a province, which has a “president”, who is elected by the members of the assembly. They are in turn elected on universal suffrage every five years. The “Wali” (Prefect or governor) directs each province. This person is chosen by the Algerian President to handle the PPA’s decisions.

The administrative divisions have changed several times since independence. When introducing new provinces, the numbers of old provinces are kept, hence the non-alphabetical order. With their official numbers, currently (since 1983) they are:

  1. Adrar
  2. Chlef
  3. Laghouat
  4. Oum el-Bouaghi
  5. Batna
  6. Béjaïa
  7. Biskra
  8. Béchar
  9. Blida
  10. Bouira
  11. Tamanghasset
  12. Tébessa
  13. Tlemcen
  14. Tiaret
  15. Tizi Ouzou
  16. Algiers
  1. Djelfa
  2. Jijel
  3. Sétif
  4. Saïda
  5. Skikda
  6. Sidi Bel Abbes
  7. Annaba
  8. Guelma
  9. Constantine
  10. Médéa
  11. Mostaganem
  12. M’Sila
  13. Mascara
  14. Ouargla
  15. Oran
  16. El Bayadh
  1. Illizi
  2. Bordj Bou Arréridj
  3. Boumerdès
  4. El Tarf
  5. Tindouf
  6. Tissemsilt
  7. El Oued
  8. Khenchela
  9. Souk Ahras
  10. Tipasa
  11. Mila
  12. Aïn Defla
  13. Naama
  14. Aïn Témouchent
  15. Ghardaïa
  16. Relizane