In response to the demonstrations in 2011, the Algerian government embarked on a slow process of preparing constitutional reforms, which it unveiled in January 2016. The amendments were largely drafted behind closed doors with no public consultations and quickly adopted by Parliament, a stark contrast to the process for example in Tunisia, which was consultative and more transparent.
Some of the amended articles improve the compatibility of Algeria’s Constitution with international standards for democratic governance and the protection of human rights. The test will lie in their implementation in practice.
A number of amended provisions will need to be specified and transformed into organic laws to become truly effective. Download the Briefing Paper below, available in French.