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.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The Sounds of Somali Supergroup 4 Mars

A seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali supergroup formed in 1977, is coming out via Ostinato Records.