ALGERIA: MINISTER TELLS PEOPLE TO LEAVE IF THEY DISAGREE WITH CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS | AfriTV Online

The Algerian minister of youth and sport has come under fire for making unacceptable remarks during the final week of campaigning ahead of next month's referendum on proposed constitutional amendments.   We will build a state in accordance with the de...

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ALGERIA: MINISTER TELLS PEOPLE TO LEAVE IF THEY DISAGREE WITH CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Published by: A. Odean
10/24/2020 12:25 PM

The Algerian minister of youth and sport has come under fire for making unacceptable remarks during the final week of campaigning ahead of next month's referendum on proposed constitutional amendments.

 

"We will build a state in accordance with the declaration of 1 November (the day Algeria began its war of liberation from France); a democratic and social state within the framework of the principles of Islam," Sid Ali Khaldi declared yesterday, Thursday.

 

"For the first time since independence, we have constitutionalised the declaration of 1 November and whoever is not happy can change countries," he said, twice reiterating the sentiment. Many Algerians soon took to social media to criticise the minister's speech, describing his words ahead of the 1 November vote as serious and undermining national unity.

 

The hashtag "I don't like the situation" began trending, in reference to the amendments, which have been presented as a roadmap to steer the country away from authoritarianism and appease popular demands for change. The draft amendments will keep in place most of the existing constitution's "general principles", including Islam remaining the religion of the state.

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