Algerian President announces reforms as calls to step down increase

A draft organic law amending the organisation and functioning of Algeria’s Council of State was adopted yesterday by the Council of Ministers in a meeting with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The new law will complement the new provisions of the Constitution, which was last amended in 2016.

New images of Bouteflika, 80, were broadcast earlier this week. This was the first time that he was seen by the public since the previous Council of Ministers meeting in June. There have been concerns about his ability to fulfil his presidential role and increasing numbers of calls to apply Article 102, which sets out how the incapacity of the President of the Republic can be established due “to serious and lasting illness”.

The application of Article 102 is unlikely to happen, as it would need the unanimous support of the Constitutional Council which currently holds three members appointed by Bouteflika himself. They are unlikely to implement any procedure against him.

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