ALGIERS- The presidential election of 17 April 2014 was a major political event that the Algerian people successfully met, during a regional situation marked by many security challenges.
The poll, which culminated in the re-election of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term with 81.53% of the votes, passed off in a calm and serene atmosphere, as noted by the observers.
The United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hailed the "peaceful" polls and encouraged the Algerian Government and the political parties to work together to maintain stability and strengthen the democratic process in Algeria.
In this regard, the UN reiterated its commitment to supporting Algeria's efforts for democratic reforms, as well for sustainable social and economic development.
Just after his re-election, President Bouteflika received congratulatory letters from the heads of state and government of friendly countries, in which they hailed the "perfect organization" of the election across the national territory and also expressed their "satisfaction" at the calm atmosphere that marked the event.
This election gave a new impetus to the process of the political reforms launched by President Bouteflika, especially for the consolidation of democracy, the Rule of State and the socioeconomic development of the country.
The programme of the fourth term comprises huge projects, including the revision of the Constitution, for which consultations were held last June with different political players, national personalities, associations and representatives of the civil society with a view to reaching a consensual revision of the Constitution.
The President's programme also aims at boosting wealth-generating sectors, in order to reduce the country's dependence on hydrocarbon.
To that end, a great importance has been attached to the strategic sectors of industry and agriculture as part of the 2014-2019 development plan.
With a view to achieving its development policy, Algeria has opted for the diversification of its foreign partners. Several cooperation agreements were signed with different countries, including France, Qatar and Turkey.
The Government aims, within the framework of the programme of the President of the Republic, to achieve sustainable socio-economic development across the different regions of the country, particularly in the South and High Plateaux.