Algeria's parliament to vote on a new constitution

AP , Sunday 7 Feb 2016

Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Photo: Reuters)

Algeria's parliament will be voting on a new constitution that's aimed at reforming the country by limiting presidents to two terms and recognizing the language used by its Berber minority as official.

The new text is being presented Sunday to the assembly and the senate. It was promised by 79-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in neighboring countries. It limits presidents to two five-year terms. The long-ailing Bouteflika was re-elected for a fourth term in 2014.

The charter would also require a parliamentary majority to name a prime minister, who is now appointed by the president.

It includes Amazigh as an official language in a move hailed by activists, who had pushed for recognition for years. Arabic would remain the official government language.

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