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Algeria: Former PM Slams Attempt to Amend Constitution

Algeria: Former PM Slams Attempt to Amend Constitution

Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 06:30
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune addresses a news conference in Algiers, Algeria, on December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

Algeria's Former Prime Minister Mouloud Hamrouche opposed proposals to hold a popular referendum, early November, over constitutional amendments, saying that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's approach to arrange the state's affairs cannot build a "strong country".

In an article published by El Khabar Newspaper, Hamrouche said that Algeria needs urgent mobilization and all forms of solidarity, as well as a strong state and an effective executive authority.

Hamrouche, who served as a prime minister from 1989 until 1991, said that the current situation requires these conditions to be met for an effective and active ruling.

He also questioned the integrity of recent trials held against top officials over corruption charges, saying after this point reforms and amendments are impossible

Hamrouche's statements imply that he rejects the constitution prepared by Tebboune, who sees it as an introduction "for deep-rooted reforms" during his first term.

Hamrouche said that any executive authority that has no efficiency and is not subject to monitoring leads to extremism and chaos, stressing that such an authority provides easy access for foreign interventions and pressures.

He also highlighted the need for a constitution that liberates the people from all kinds of fear, lies, hypocrisy, violence, and domination.

"A constitution that pushes citizens to protect their freedoms and sovereignty, and guarantees their right to live and be safe," he said.

The former PM underpinned that the constitution should shape the future of Algerians.

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