Algeria to vote on a constitution dismissed by protest movement

Algerians are set to vote Sunday in a constitutional referendum the government touts as heralding a “new republic”, but a long-running protest movement rejects the exercise as window-dressing.Observers see the constitution as the centrepiece of now-hospitalised President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s strategy to neutralise the Hirak movement, which staged vast demonstrations last year and forced his predecessor from office.Despite Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fall from power, the Hirak has failed to achieve its goal of a full overhaul of Algeria’s sclerotic political system, in place since independence fro…

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