Algerian presidency reveals draft of amended constitution

Newly elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune takes the oath during a swearing-in ceremony in Algiers, Algeria December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Algeria’s presidency released a draft of the amended constitution ahead of the discussions among different components of the society.

Copies of this text were distributed to political parties, national personalities, academics, civil society, unions, and business organizations as well as media outlets, the presidency said in a statement quoted by the official APS news agency.

The amendments are subject to consultation and enrichment, which means that certain items could be added or deleted, said the statement.

In January, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune tasked Ahmed Laraba, a member of the UN International Law Commission, with heading an expert panel to draw up proposals for amending the constitution.

Since coming to power on December 12 last year, Tebboune proposed to amend the constitution during the first months of his office to meet the demands raised during the popular marches calling for radical changes and forcing former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.

Once finished, the newly amended constitution will be put to a popular referendum.