Algerian president sets up panel to draft new constitution

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ALGIERS, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday announced the establishment of a panel tasked with preparing draft proposals for the revision of the constitution, official Algeria Press Service (APS) reported.

The panel, headed by Ahmed Laraba, a member of the UN International Law Commission, is composed of 17 Algerian law experts, according to a statement of the President's Office.

The panel has been given a three-month period to submit proposals to the president for the parliament's approval before heading to a referendum, according to a source.

Tebboune has outlined seven main axes for the panel to prepare the proposals, including strengthening the rights and freedoms of citizens and consolidating the separation and balance of powers, according to the statement.

Tebboune was elected as Algerian president on Dec. 12, 2019, after popular rallies forced former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April 2019. Enditem

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