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Algerian president offers constitutional reform

Algerian president offers constitutional reform
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The Algerian president has addressed his people on television for the first time in three months. Abdelaziz Bouteflika spoke for 30 minutes, promising change before the 2014 presidential elections.

“To finish off the institutions designed to reinforce democracy we need to introduce constitutional amendments,” he said. “I have repeatedly expressed my desire to revise the constitution, and I have reaffirmed this conviction on many occasions. It will be done by a constitutional commission.”

Bouteflika also announced legislative changes and changes in the electoral law to make it more representative.

Although Algeria has not seen national protests to the same degree as elsewhere in the Arab world it is experiencing local unrest on a daily basis in the capital.