revision de la constitutionALGIERS – The draft Revision of the Constitution, made public Tuesday in Algiers, includes several amendments. Here are the key points:

  • Democratic alternation through "free and fair elections" and "the separation of powers, including the independence of justice";
  • Youth is the center of the national commitment to take up the economic, social and cultural challenges. This commitment will benefit the future generations;
  • Arabic, a national and official language and remains the official language of the State (art3). The creation of High Council of the Arabic Language under the President of the Republic;
  • Tamazight is also a national and official language (Art 3a), with the creation of an Algerian Academy of the Amazigh language, placed under the President of the Republic;
  • The President is re-elected (Article 47) for one (5-year) term only once. This article can’t be revised (Article 178); 
  • The Parliamentary opposition enjoys the rights to effective participation in parliamentary work. Each House of Parliament dedicates a monthly meeting to discuss an agenda presented by one or more parliamentary groups of the opposition (article 99a);
  • Possibility of referral to the Constitutional Council on the laws passed by Parliament (Article 99a and article 166);
  • In case of vacancy of the NPC or during the parliamentary recess, the President of the Republic may, on urgent matters, legislate by ordinance, after consulting the Council of State (Art124); 
  • Prime Minister must present annually a declaration on general policy at the Lower House (Art124); 
  • The Parliament sits annually, in an ordinary session for a minimum of ten (10) months. It begins on the second business day of September;
  • Creation of a High Independent Authority of Election Monitoring (Article 170ter); 
  • The Superior Council of Magistracy has administrative and financial autonomy. (Article 157);
  • Pre-trial detention is an exceptional measure, whose motivations, duration and extension conditions are defined by law (art47);
  • Bills relating to the local organization, country planning and territorial division are tabled to the Council of the Nation (art119a);
  • Referral by the President of the Republic, the President of the Council of Nation, the President of the National Assembly or the Prime Minister to the Council of the Constitution. (Article 166); 
  • Freedom of conscience and freedom of opinion are inviolable (art36); 
  • Freedom of investment and trade is recognized. It operates under the law (article 37); 
  • Academic freedoms and freedom of scientific research is guaranteed and shall be exercised within the framework of the law (article 38);
  • The State works to promote parity between men and women in the labor market (art31a);
  • Freedom of written and audiovisual press is guaranteed. It is not restricted by any form of prior censorship. (Art41ter);*
  • Establishment of a High Islamic Council under the President of the Republic;
  • Establishment of a High Security Council chaired by the President of the Republic. Its task is to give advice on all issues relating to national security;
  • Creation of a National Council on Human Rights under the President of the Republic, guarantor of the Constitution (173-1);
  • Creation of a High Council of Youth, a consultative body under the President of the Republic (art173-3);
  • Creation of a National Body for prevention and fight against corruption; an independent administrative authority under the President of the Republic. (Art173-5);
  • Creation of a National Council for Scientific and Technologic Research (art173-9).

APS, 05 January 2016

LamamraNEW YORK- The inking of the agreement on climate on Friday in New York by about 170 countries, including Algeria, is unquestionably an event of a historical significance that must meet the priorities of developing countries in the energy field, said Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.

BenkhalfaORAN- Minister of Finance Abderrahmane Benkhalfa announced Thursday in Oran that an operation, allowing the members of the Algerian community living abroad to open foreign currency bank accounts, will be launched in June.

ALGIERS- The Constitution amended in February 2016 is available in Tamazight in paper and digital formats, thanks the translation provided by the High Council of Amazighity (HCA).

This version transcribed into Latin characters will be available online on the websites of HCA and the Algerian news agency APS (http://www.aps.dz) in its section "The multimedia books of APS.".
The 45 page-translated document, Tamendawt (Constitution in Tamazight), covers 218 articles, divided into 4 titles and 11 chapters of the State’s fundamental text, adopted in February 2016 by the Parliament’s two chambers.
The amended Constitution stipulates in its fourth article that Tamazight is also a national and official language and that the State works for its promotion and development in all its linguistic varieties which are used throughout the national territory.
It is expected, as part of the promotion of this language, to create an Algerian Academy of Tamazight language which will be placed under the authority of President of the Republic. It will rely on the works of experts and will be responsible for providing the conditions aimed at promoting Tamazight.
In a message on the occasion of the celebration of Yaoum El Ilm (Day of Knowledge), observed every year on 16 April, President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika affirmed that “Tamazight promoted in 2002 as national language and institutionalized, thanks to the recent revision of the Constitution, a national official language, will find, as a fundamental component of our national identity, its natural place with Islam and Arabian identity.”

APS - 11 May 2016

Algeria EU UNDP AgreementALGIERS- Two cooperation agreements have been signed Thursday in Algiers between Algeria, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The signing ceremony was co-chaired by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, who is on a two-day visit to Algeria since Wednesday.

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