Algeria signs new constitution into law
December 7, 1996
Web posted at: 3:50 p.m. EST (2050 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- Algerian President Liamine Zeroual signed new
constitutional reforms into law Saturday that ban political
parties based on religion or language.
The new constitution enacts reforms approved in a November
referendum, according to the official Algerian news service,
APS. It was signed after two nights of raids that left 29
civilians dead. Algerian security forces blamed the deaths on
The constitution extends the president's powers, allows
political parties except for those based on religion and
language, limits the president to two five-year terms and
makes Islam the state religion.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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