Algerian president 'to amend constitution'
Abdelaziz Bouteflika vows "to reinforce representative democracy", tackle unemployment, and help the poor.
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2011 15:27
Bouteflika had not spoken in public for at least three months until Friday's televised address

The Algerian president has pledged reforms after weeks of simmering protests.

In a televised address to the nation, Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he had decided to amend the constitution "to reinforce representative democracy" in Algeria, and that he will also launch other legislative reforms.

"I will urge the parliament to review all the legislative framework," he said on Friday.

Bouteflika, who has not spoken in public for at least three months, also vowed to take steps to tackle unemployment.

He said Algeria is moving to achieve the demands of the people, especially the young and unemployed, and outlined a number of measures to help the poor.

He said the government will subsidise housing to make it more affordable, "so that everyone have the ability to enjoy their citizenship and no one has more privileges than the others".

He also pledged a new programme to develop the administration system and "stop any embezzlement of national wealth".

Sporadic protests have been held in Algeria in recent months.

In response, Bouteflika lifted a 19-year old state of emergency in February.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.