Algeria makes changes to its constitution
Algeria’s parliament adopted a series of constitutional changes on Sunday which are supposed to bring greater democracy to the country.
The changes promoted by the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika were passed by 499 votes in favour with two against and 16 abstentions. The reforms include the reintroduction of a presidential two term limit which was abandoned in 2008 to allow Bouteflika to stand for a third term. There will be a new independent electoral commission and freedoms of the press and of assembly are guaranteed.
Opponents to the revision say that little will change.
The full details of the reforms, in a 36 page document in French can be found here.
The president’s speech following the passing of the law (in French) can be found here.