İrem UZUN -TDO- Algeria will hold a referendum on a revised constitution on November 1, the office of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced on Monday evening. The new constitution is expected to boost democracy and give parliament a greater role, the presidency said on Monday, after months-long protests demanding reforms. The date also marks the anniversary of the start of Algeria's 1954-62 war for independence from France.
Elected last December, President Tebboune has repeatedly pledged to introduce political and economic reforms and to meet demands raised in demonstrations that toppled veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April last year. Since taking the office, Tebboune has sought a constitutional referendum as an answer to the popular protest movement. He has said a new constitution would reduce the authority of the president and "guarantee the separation and balance of powers," Al Jazeera reported.
According to the France24, the new constitution would give the prime minister and parliament more powers to govern the country of 45 million people. The government has said the draft, which kept presidential terms limited to two mandates, would be submitted to parliament for debate and approval before a referendum.