• Short Summary

    After a month-long national debate in which citizens were allowed their first public say in a decade on the way their country should be run, the people of Algeria approved a new constitutional charter in a referendum held on Sunday (27 June).

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    After a month-long national debate in which citizens were allowed their first public say in a decade on the way their country should be run, the people of Algeria approved a new constitutional charter in a referendum held on Sunday (27 June).

    SYNOPSIS: 98.5 per cent of those who voted registered a "Yes" vote and a record turn-out of 91 per cent of the electorate went to the polls. According to Reuters, this represents a big vote of confidence in the government of President Houari Boumedienne. The charter lays down the principles and plans for creating a socialist system in Algeria.

    President Boumedienne was one of nearly seven million Algerians who voted at polling stations in Algeria and consulate abroad. A new constitution, drawn up on the basis of the charter, will be put to the vote later this year and the referendum also paves the way for elections for a National Assembly and President of the Republic. During the past decade Algerian government has been by decree - the constitution was suspended in 1965 when President Boumedienne came to power in a coup d'etat. Since then Algeria has presented an uncompromising socialist face to the world, but the pre-referendum debate highlighted the more conservative Arab and Islamic aspects of the country.

    In response to this, the charter was revised to proclaim Islam as the state religion.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZFAKQUBIA9NVUN4AL2KM9U50
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZFAKQUBIA9NVUN4AL2KM9U50
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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