Algeria's Bouteflika orders political reforms

Bouteflika also reappointed Abdelmalek Sellal as the country's prime minister.

Algeria's Bouteflika orders political reforms

World Bulletin / News Desk

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday ordered a package of political reforms, including a constitutional review.

In a statement circulated by the Algerian Presidency after his inauguration, Bouteflika said the reforms aim "to separate between authorities, boost the independence of the judiciary and enhance the role of the parliament."

The aging leader said the opposition, the civil society and public figures would be invited to contribute to the reform process.

Bouteflika also reappointed Abdelmalek Sellal as the country's prime minister.

Sellal had resigned his post as prime minister in March to run Bouteflika's presidential campaign.

In a statement, the presidency did not clarify whether Sellal would be asked to form a new government or run the current cabinet.

Bouteflika was sworn in on Monday for a fourth five-year term after winning the presidential election earlier this month.

During the ceremony, aired by state television, the 77-year-old leader was shown taking the oath in a wheelchair, having not completely recovered from a health problem he had suffered in April 2013.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by senior government officials along with former presidential hopeful Louisa Hanoune, the head of Algeria's Workers' Party.

Bouteflika's main rival in the presidential election former prime minister Ali Benflis did not attend the ceremony.

Benlfis has questioned the results of the presidential election, saying the vote had been rigged in Bouteflika's favor.

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2014, 10:04
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