Popular
Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Abed el madjid tebboune president of the republic, during a national conference on the Recovery Plan for a new economy, at the international conference center, in Algiers, Algeria, on August 18, 2020.

Algerian President Concedes To Calls For Referendum On New Constitution

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced an upcoming referendum to amend Algeria's constitution following ongoing protests and mass arrests.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has set a date for Algerian referendum on a new Constitution. After meeting with the head of the election authority, Mohamed Chorfi, this past Monday, Tebboune has publicly announced that the first referendum meeting will be officially held on November 1st 2020.

READ: Prominent Algerian Activist Amira Bouraoui Sentenced to Year in Prison

Tebboune, who has been president for eight months, stated that the referendum aims to implement economic and political reforms that will reduce presidential authority and balance power distribution across organs of government. Tebboune's response is in light of Hirak protests calling for a new democratic dispensation to end the insurgence of military rule since Algeria gained independence from France in 1962.

Two weeks ago, editor of international French news channel, Khaled Drareni was arrested for persistently reporting on mass anti-government protests. The Algerian government initiated a ban on all protests earlier in March of this year, following the coronavirus global outbreak. Drareni was subsequently fined 400 USD dollars and sentenced to three years in imprison.

READ: Algeria Calls Off Anti-Government Protests Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Mass protest demonstrations began in February last year after then President Abdelaziz Bouteflika indicated that he would be running for a fifth consecutive term after 20 years in power. President Tebboune has expressed militant intolerance of both political protests and Algerian journalists who report on protest demonstrations. Algeria has had several referendums under Bouteflika's rule and civil organisations have rejected Tebboune's referendum announcement and have called for deeper reforms that go beyond dialogue.

News Brief

South Africa's Viral 'Jerusalema' Reportedly Adapted Into Short Film

Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode's global hit song 'Jerusalema' has reportedly been adapted into a film which was shot this past Heritage Day.

Global hit song "Jerusalema" by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode has reportedly been made into a short film. According to Variety, the film was scripted and shot over two days in Cape Town this past week. The hit song's popularity is propelled by the #JerusalemaChallenge which blew up and took the world by storm.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Cassper Nyovest’s 20 Best Songs Ranked

The 20 best songs from Cassper Nyovest's growing catalogue.