Algeria proposes new draft constitution with term limits

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (AFP)
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (AFP)

Algiers - Algeria's government has released a new draft constitution that would limit presidents to two terms and recognise the language used by Berber minorities as official.

The draft, published in state media on Tuesday, is part of reforms promised by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government after Arab Spring uprisings in neighboring countries in 2011.

The constitution, which needs parliamentary approval, would limit presidents to two five-year terms. Long-ailing Bouteflika was re-elected for a fourth term in 2014.

The charter would also require a parliamentary majority to name a prime minister, currently appointed by the president.

The draft includes Amazigh as an official language in a move hailed by activists who had pushed for recognition for years.

It stipulates that Arabic would remain the official government language.

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