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Does Algeria need a new constitution?

Algerians have voted in a referendum on constitutional changes after months of mass protests.

Last year, Algeria’s protest movement toppled longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

But protesters are still demanding change, because they say many of the old political elite are still in charge.

New President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has promised to address their complaints.

On Sunday, his government held a nationwide referendum to approve changes to the constitution. They include the introduction of presidential term limits, giving more powers to the parliament and allowing the military to be deployed abroad.

But many Algerians say the changes do not go far enough.

So, could this affect the balance of power?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Yasmine Hasnaoui – North African affairs specialist

Dalia Ghanem – Resident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Amel Boubekeur – Research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences