Bouteflika says constitution revision to boost freedoms

Bouteflika said the amendments would seek to bolster the independence of the judiciary, protect freedoms, separate between powers and strengthen parliament and the opposition

Bouteflika says constitution revision to boost freedoms
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday denied claims by his country's opposition that amendments he would introduce to Algeria's constitution aimed to serve the best interests of his regime.

"The motion I will suggest – in the light of my constitutional mandate – for revising the constitution does not serve the regime like some people here or there claim," Bouteflika was quoted by the official Algerian news agency as saying.

"On the contrary, the motion aims to boost freedoms and the democracy the martyrs of the November revolution (the Algerian uprising of 1954 against French occupation) sacrificed their lives for," he added during a cabinet meeting.

The Algerian President noted that the amendments would also seek to bolster the independence of the judiciary, protect freedoms, separate between powers and strengthen parliament and the opposition.

Bouteflika did not, however, specify a date for amending the constitution. Nevertheless, he said this would take place in the next months.

A few days after he was elected for a fourth term in office in May of this year, Bouteflika said he would open dialogue on a new draft constitution for his country.

The Algerian presidency held meetings with several political and national figures between June and July on expected amendments to the constitution. The meetings were, however, boycotted by many of the country's opposition movements.

Algeria's opposition had rejected the expected amendments, saying the regime had prepared these amendments without consulting Algeria's political forces.

 

Last Mod: 31 Aralık 2014, 10:18
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