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Algeria to hold referendum on constitution on November 1

Algeria to hold referendum on constitution on November 1

ALGERIA has set November 1 as a date for a referendum on a new constitution aimed at boosting democracy and giving parliament a greater role, the presidency has announced, after months-long protests demanding reforms. Elected last December, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has repeatedly pledged to introduce political and economic reforms and to meet demands raised in demonstrations that toppled veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April 2019. The new constitution would give the prime minister and parliament more powers to govern the North African country of 45 million people, a draft released earlier this year showed. The government has said the draft,…
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Algerian voters shun referendum aimed at ending political crisis

Algerian voters shun referendum aimed at ending political crisis

HAMID OULD AHMED and LAMINE CHIKHI FEWER  than one in four Algerian voters took part in Sunday's constitutional referendum, officials said, despite government efforts to encourage high turnout as part of a strategy to turn the page on last year's political unrest. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the powerful military had presented the new constitution as a sign that they had addressed the causes of public anger that prompted mass weekly protests for more than a year. The referendum result will be announced on Monday at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT). However, Sunday's turnout of only 23.7%, according to the election body,…
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Voting ends in Algeria referendum with apparent low turnout

Voting ends in Algeria referendum with apparent low turnout

HAMID OULD AHMED and LAMINE CHIKHI ALGERIANS have finished voting in a referendum on a new constitution, but early turnout figures suggested little enthusiasm for changes intended by the government to turn the page on last year's political unrest. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the powerful military have pushed the referendum, but many in a mass protest movement that shook Algeria last year have opposed the vote as a sham. Officials had announced participation of only 13% by 2 p.m. (1300 GMT), five hours before polls closed in a vote conducted amid stringent health restrictions because of the global pandemic. By…
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