Algerian President Houari Boumedienne on Saturday (17 June) signed two government declarations to trans for ownership of agricultural land to the public sector.
Algerian President Houari Boumedienne on Saturday (17 June) signed two government declarations to trans for ownership of agricultural land to the public sector. In a ceremony at the Khemis E1 Khechna commune near the capital, he transferred about 250 acres (100 hectares) of land to some 200 peasants grouped in weight cooperatives.
Later that day, President Boumedienne inaugurated a massive new Olympic sports stadium in an algiers suburb.
During the ceremony at the khemis El Khechna commune, a pipe band stood by and horsemen form the ceremonial guard were on hand. The Algerian Government believes that the cooperative system of land ownership is best suited to the needs of the country and hopes to increase farming efficiency by transferring privately-owned landholdings to larger cooperatives.
In a speech to the new title-holders, the president said Algeria's agricultural revolution and now entered its active phase. He said the agricultural revolution is an operation in social justice which intends to permit all Algerians to live in prosperity.
An equally festive note was struck at the new stadium. Called the "Stadium of July 5", it a repeatedly able to seat 70,000 people. Most seats were filled on Saturday when, after the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon, football teams from Europe, Latin American and North Africa participated in a march-past. The teams are taking part in a friendly international series.
Spectators then saw the first of the matches--between a selected North African team and side from Budapest.
The stadium is equipped with a number of amenities for athletes, including saunas, baths and pools.