Algerian parliament to prolong Presidential term of office


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Algerian parliament to prolong Presidential term of office

The Algerian parliament will on Wednesday debate a partial review of the constitution on the term of office of the president, according to the wish of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, official sources said on Tuesday. The current constitution limits the term of office of the president to two terms, but this will no longer be the case if the review is adopted. The Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), which has Islamic leanings, as well as the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), from which comes the head of government, Ahmed Ouyahia, announced on Tuesday at a news conference in Algiers that they would vote in favour of the review. These three parties, which constitute the presidential alliance, have the majority of two-thirds of senators and MPs required for the adoption of the constitutional review. The Workers’ Party also announced its support for the review. Layachi Daâdouaâ and Miloud Chorfi, president of the DLN and MSP parliamentary groups respectively, also announced their support for the establishment of the post of Prime Minister. FLN and RND want to go further by proposing the initiative of a more in-depth reform of the constitution.

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