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Algiers: Algeria: Parliamentarians to Vote On Draft Revised Constitution


The draft constitutional revision, initiated by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will be submitted Sunday to a vote by the two Parliament Houses, to sit in appropriate session at the Palais des Nations in Algiers.

The parliament will have to vote on the draft Constitution in its entirety, which contains 74 amendments and 38 new articles.

The voting plenary session will be chaired by Abdelkader Bensalah, Chairman of the Council of the Country, in his capacity as President of Parliament, in accordance with the law establishing the organization and functioning of both Houses of Parliament.

The revised constitution should be approved by three quarters (3/4) of 606 members of the two Houses (Council of National 144 and People's National Assembly 462), in compliance with the Article 176 of the Constitution.

Unlike in 2002 and in 2008, the floor will be given to the Heads of the Parliamentary Groups during the conference of the two Houses of Parliament.

Decided by President Bouteflika, this measure "will allow all the political players to freely express their opinion," had said president of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Djamel Ould Abbès.

As for it, the Joint Committee installed last Wednesday has finalized the working out of the rules of procedure of the session of the vote of the draft revised Constitution and the relating preliminary statement.

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