Algeria to hold constitutional referendum following mass protests

2020-08-25 12:30:15
Algeria to hold constitutional referendum following mass protests

Algeria will hold a referendum on a revised constitution on November 1, aimed at boosting democracy and giving parliament a greater role after months-long protests demanding reforms.

The date will coincide with the 66th anniversary of the Algerian Revolution against French colonial rule, the country’s presidency announced on Monday.

The presidency statement said that following President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's consultations with Mohamed Chorfi, head of the Algerian elections authority, and with other relevant bodies, a date for the vote was determined.

Last week, Tebboune called on relevant government bodies to start preparations for the referendum as demanded by February 2019 protests that led to the end of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20 years of rule that April.

In January, Tebboune assigned 17 constitutional experts in the country to draft a new constitution within three months.

The new constitution would give the prime minister and parliament more powers to govern the North African country of 45 million people.

Elected last December, Tebboune has repeatedly pledged to introduce political and economic reforms and to meet demands raised in demonstrations that toppled Bouteflika in April last year.

Mass protests broke out in February last year to reject Bouteflika's plan to seek a fifth term after 20 years in power, and demand the departure of the old guard as well as the prosecution of people accused of corruption.

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