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.
CAIRO – The Arab League Secretary General, Nabil al-Arabi presented on Monday in the Cairo-based League headquarters the final report of its observer mission on April 17 Presidential Election to Algeria's ambassador in Cairo and its permanent representative to the Arab League, Nadhir Larbaoui who will submit it to the Algerian authorities.
During this ceremony attended by the head of the Arab League observer mission, Mohamed Sbih, Nabil al-Arabi welcomed the transparency of the Presidential election seizing this opportunity to extend once again congratulations to President Bouteflika, on his re-election.
Besides, he welcomed the efforts made by the Algerian government to ensure the necessary means to the mission members, enabling them to accomplish their work in neutrality and independence.
The Algerian ambassador in Cairo thanked the Arab League Secretary General for the interest granted by the latter to the observer mission for the presidential election, which took place in a calm and serenity.
BRUXELLES- Algeria affirmed Tuesday in Brussels that the organization of the presidential election of 17 April in "transparency" reflects the "progressive consolidation of democratic practice in Algeria."
"The conduct of the pluralist presidential election of last 17 April in normal conditions of calm and total transparency in the presence of foreign observers, reflects the progressive consolidation of democracy and the Algerian people’s high sense of responsibility and commitment," according to Algeria statement during the eight session of the Association Council held in Brussels.
The invitation again of EU observers to the elections "reflects Algeria commitment to establish confidence-building measures with its European partner".
ALGER- Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said Thursday that the April 17 presidential election has conveyed a clear message for consolidation of Algeria's achievements, pursuit of the development process and the strengthening of security and stability.
The presidential polls have been "an opportunity for the pursuit of the political reform process, which includes a large consultation to reach a national understanding over the reform of the Constitution," Lamamra said in an opening address at the Algeria-Emirates Joint Commission meeting.
The Algerian people aspire through President of the Republic's programme to achieve further prosperity and progress, he added.
Lamamra reiterated Algeria's support to Palestinian people's fight for their right to an independent state with al-Quds as capital, greeting the reconciliation agreement concluded on April 23 in Gaza.
ALGIERS- National Independent Commission for Monitoring of the Presidential Election (CNISEP) held Sunday a meeting in Algiers for the presentation of provincial commissions' reports about the presidential polls 2014, ahead of the national body's final report.
During the meeting, president of the CNISEP, Fateh Boutbik, underlined that the commission "has received reports from those commissions" containing details of the presidential election process.
The CNISEP "has accomplished its mission in transparency and with objectivity," Boutbik said.
The proposals mentioned in the reports of the provincial commissions "will be taken into consideration and conveyed to the concerned parties."
Boutbik expressed thanks to the administration for the efforts it made to make sure the presidential election go smoothly.
ALGIERS- National newspapers have focused Tuesday on the commitments President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika made in his speech at the end of the oath taking ceremony on Monday.
"Bouteflika seeks a consensual constitution," headlined daily newspaper Le Quotidien d'Oran, writing that the president, who "fulfilled his promise" to address the nation, "intends to continue the fight against economic crime, corruption and relaunch political reforms."
Le Jeune Independant writes "the re-elected president seeks to give a new impetus to the reforms launched in 2011," wondering "who will undertake those second-generation reforms?"
Horizons focused on Bouteflika's commitments, emphasizing his call to put the country's interests above anything else.
Liberté dubbed "consensual" Bouteflika's speech, underling that the most important in the address made by the president "is the door remained open to others and to a contradictory debate."
El Watan daily newspaper said that the president "will undertake new political consultations," stressing that in his speech, he underlined the commitment he has taken for the next five-year term, citing national reconciliation and the constitutional revision.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, expressed Monday in Algiers his willingness to go towards a "consensual" revision of the constitution to which will be associated the political forces, the main representations of the civil society as well as national political figures.
President Bouteflika, who took oath and started his fourth term, had underlined that the revision of the constitution, already announced in his April 2011 speech to the nation, come to round off the institutional structure to strengthen democracy.
According to the statement issued by Presidency of the Republic on April 7, 2013 on the setting up of the Commission for the preparation of the draft law on constitutional revision, the revision is aimed at "consolidating the representative democracy in our country, strengthening the foundations of the Rule of Law and strengthening the rights and freedoms of citizens."
The same document had explained that the proposals made by the various political and social figures, who participated in two consultations on the reforms carried out successively by the Chairman of the Council of Nation and the Prime Minister (June-July 2011), have been fully exploited and synthesized in their constitutional component by a highly skilled working group.
Besides, a first version had been tabled to subject to the discretion of the president, who decided to set up a commission of experts, composed of university professors in charge of working out a draft law on the constitutional revision.
This draft law must be based on the accepted proposals of the political figures and on the orientations of the President of the Republic so to convert them into constitutional provisions.
"The commission will make proposals, of which I will assure the compliance with our society’s fundamental values, before submitting them to the vote of the vote of the Parliament or to the people vote by referendum," President Bouteflika said.
The revision of the Constitution has been the consensus among the six candidates to the April 17presidential election.
Even if substantive differences between them on the version of what should be the new Constitution of the country, former candidates agree on the need to "revise" the text.
Algeria has known since Independence in 1962, five constitutions (1963, 1976, 1989, 1996 and 2008).
ALGIERS-President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika expressed Monday in Algiers his “resolute” willingness to strengthen “national unity” and “qualitatively” promote democracy.
“As part of a resolute willingness to reinforce our national unity and qualitatively promote democracy, I shall soon revive political reforms site which will result in a consensual constitutional reform,” the Head of State stressed in a written speech dispatched to press during oath taking ceremony.
Also, President Bouteflika stated that “political powers, civil society’s main representations and national personalities will be invited to partake in the constitutional reform.”
The supreme law will be essentially meant to “strengthen separation of powers, reinforce independence of justice and the role of opposition and further guarantee citizens’ rights and freedoms.”
Besides, President Bouteflika underscored his willingness to improve “quality” of governance and “reduce” bureaucracy for the benefit of citizens and economic operators and the “promotion of decentralization based on a participative democracy.”
“This participative democracy will be further involved in local management,” said the Head of State who highlighted the importance of the reform of justice that took major steps. In fact, this reform will be pursued to adapt laws to the challenges faced on the spot, he affirmed.
ALGIERS – The consensual reforms announced Monday, by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after swearing-in for his forth presidential term, are directed at deepening the democratic practice, reinforcing liberties, to promoting the economic and the social development in the benefit of all the Algerian people.
During the swearing-in ceremony, President Bouteflika announced the relaunch "soon" of the political reforms to "consensual" revision of the constitution.
"With a resolute determination to reinforce our national unity and make new quality stages towards democracy, that I will relaunch soon the political reforms which will result in a consensual" revision of the constitution," he explained.
In his electoral platform, the head of State had said that he would invite the political forces, the main representations of the civil society as well as the national personalities to become engaged in this endeavour of "major importance."
In this regard, he committed, if elected to create the political and institutional conditions, with all the players representing the society’s different segments, in view to building up a model of governance meeting the people’s expectations and aspirations.
He had also proposed the setting up of a "new pact" aiming at embedding "firmly" the achievements related to the development and the progress, consolidating stability, anchoring a sustainable democracy, promoting the human capital, building an emerging economy in the framework of an approach based on sustainable development and reinforcing the ties of social solidarity.
The planned reforms are based on the renewed approach to pursue the work of the modernization of the institutions, the society and the economy, are the mirror of the new expectations and aspirations of the Algerian people to be "the key player in a future of prosperity, justice and equality," he had stressed.
In parallel, President Bouteflika pledged to reinforce the national reconciliation, as a priority endeavour, affirming that Algeria’s hand remainsoutstretched to its children gone astray and any terrorist act against citizens’ security and property will be countered.
In the same time, the strengthening of Justice independence will be continued, just as the "relentless" struggle against social ills, including corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Thus, the Head of State had indicated that the effort will focus on the completion of the justice reform and its endowment with additional resources to strengthen its independence and credibility in the application of the law to protect of human rights, fundamental freedoms and security of people, property and economic activities.
About the socio-economic level, he promised to establish an "emerging economy" through the development of human resources, knowledge and technology, and to enhance social justice at all levels.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika reaffirmed Monday in Algiers in the investiture ceremony his commitment to working for the preservation of the country’s stability, underlining that the national reconciliation remains his “priority.”
“The first of my commitments is to work with you for the preservation of the country’s stability,” said the President of the Republic in a written speech distributed to the press at the Palace of Nations, underlining that he confirms, as from today, the commitments he made with the Algerian people.
He added that “Algeria will help its lost children that I call, once again, to return to their country,” underlining that the national reconciliation “remains my priority.”
“At the same time, the law will sanction any terrorist acts against the security of citizens and properties,” warned the president, stressing that “the Algerian people can rely on the People’s National Army and its security services to preserve the country from all subversive and criminal attempts.”
On this occasion, President Bouteflika launched a call to put the interest of the country “above all the political differences.”
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday has paid tribute to the memory of the shuhada (martyrs) of the 1st November 1945 Revolution at the Martyrs' Square of Al-Alia Cemetery in Algiers, where le laid a wreath and recited Al Fatiha, the opening chapter of the Holy Qur'an.
Senior officials and members of the government attended the remembrance ceremony.
The Head of State kissed the national flag with great emotion upon his arrival at Al-Alia cemetery and before leaving it.
President Bouteflika, who was re-elected for a fourth term on 17 April, took oath earlier this morning during an official ceremony at the Palace of Nations in Algiers.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, re-elected to a fourth term on April 17, took the oath Monday in an official ceremony at the Palace of Nations, in Algiers, in the presence of Government members, State officials, historical and political figures and diplomatic corpses accredited to Algeria.
The ceremony was held in line with Article 75 of the Constitution, which stipulates that "the president of the Republic took the oath before the people in the presence of the representatives of all State institutions, within the week following the election."
The president of the Republic, the right hand laid on the Noble Qur'an, took the oath according to Article 76 of the Constitution, inaugurating his fourth term.
After he took the oath, President Bouteflika made an address in which he tanked all those who have contributed to the success of the presidential election.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received a congratulatory message from the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rohani on his re-election for a fourth term.
"I would like to express my warmest congratulations and most sincere wishes on your re-election as president of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria by the majority of the Algerian brother people," said the Iranian president in his message.
"I remain confident about the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in various areas, as well as at the regional and international levels during your new term," he said.
"I pray God the Almighty to guide you in the fulfilment of your noble mission for further progress and wellbeing to the Algerian brother the friendly people," he concluded.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received a congratulatory message from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on his re-election.
"Please accept my sincere congratulations on your re-election as the President of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria," said the Russian president in his letter."
"Algeria-Russia relations are developing in line with the spirit of Strategic Partnership Declaration of 2001," said Putin, hoping to "continue the intense joint efforts to further consolidate the constructive relations between our two countries."
"I am convinced that this would meet the fundamental interests of tour two friendly peoples," he said.
"I wish you good health and every success in your mission of high responsibility," he concluded.
NEW YORK- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Thursday the people and the government of Algeria on the peaceful holding of the presidential election of 17 April 2014, and encouraged them to work together to strengthen the democratic process in the country, said the spokesperson for UN chief in a statement.
"The Secretary General wishes to congratulate the people and the Government of Algeria for the overall peaceful manner in which the presidential election was held," said his spokesperson.
Ban Ki-moon ''followed closely the recent presidential election in Algeria. Upon the request of the Government of Algeria, he deployed a three-member panel of experts to the country to follow the electoral process and keep him abreast of the latest developments," he added.
The UN chief "encourages the Government of Algeria and all political parties to work together in an inclusive and peaceful manner to maintain stability and strengthen democracy in Algeria," he said.
Ban also reiterated "the continued commitment of the United Nations to supporting Algeria's efforts toward democratic reforms as well as sustainable socio-economic development," he concluded.
ALGIERS- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic addressed a congratulation message to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on his re-election on April 17 presidential polls to a fourth term.
“On the occasion of your re-election as President, I offer my warmest congratulations to you and my best wishes of prosperity to the friendly Algerian people,” said Nikolic in his message.
“I seize this opportunity to underline my conviction that the friendly relations between the Republic of Serbia and Algeria will further improve in the future in the best interest of our two people,” he added.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received a congratulatory message from his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano, in which he extended "sincere congratulations" on his re-election.
"I reiterate the commitment of the Italian authorities to give a new impulse to bilateral cooperation in many areas, in line with the deep-rooted historic relations, which are based on mutual respect and friendship," said the Italian President in his message.
"We are looking forward for the upcoming bilateral summit, hoping that it will give new impetus to our cooperation," he said.
"Italy, which will hold the presidency of the European Union for the next six months, counts on Algeria to further strengthen Mediterranean dialogue and ensure peace and prosperity in the region," he added.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika received a congratulation message from the Custodian of the Two Holy Places of Islam, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the occasion of his re-election for another term, in which he stressed that he will work towards the development and strengthening of bilateral relations in all fields.
"On the occasion of your re-election as president, it pleases me to extend to you my by behalf and on behalf of the Saudi people and government, my sincere congratulations and best wishes for health and well-being for yourself and further progress and prosperity for the Algerian people," wrote the Saudi monarch in his message.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took the opportunity to hail the "privileged" relations between the two countries and the two fraternal peoples "we work to develop and strengthen in all areas."
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika received a congratulation message from President of the European Commission José Manuel Barosso, after his re-election as president of the Republic, in which he expressed his wish to further deepen the partnership relation with Algeria in all the fields.
“I would like to express, on the behalf of the European Commission and on my own behlaf, my congratulations for your re-election to the presidency of the Republic, hoping that we can further deepen our partnership relation in all the fields and continue our dialogue in a friendship and cooperation spirit ,” wrote Barroso in his message.
“Closely following the developments in Algeria, I see, in the confidence that the people renewed in you, an encouragement to implement the political and economic reforms meeting the needs of your country,” added Barroso.
ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Tuesday in Algiers that he would make a longer address to the Algerian people in the coming days, mainly to reiterate his commitments and tackle the national construction he wants to continue.
"In a few days, I will have the opportunity, my dear compatriots, to make a longer address to the nation, especially to reiterate my commitments and speak about national construction I wanted to carry on with you," President Bouteflika said in a statement, after the Constitutional Council announced the final results of April 17 presidential election.
After the announcement of the final results of April 17 polls, declaring him re-elected, President Bouteflika expressed "his deep gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of citizens who had asked him to run for office and supported him" throughout the election campaign.
He also expressed his thanks to the whole Algerian people who offered him the overwhelming majority of the votes.
President Bouteflika greeted People's National Army, police and civil servants, whose mobilization and sacrifices made it possible for the April 17 presidential election to go smoothly.
He also thanked the political parties, national personalities, civil society organizations who supported him as a presidential candidate.
The president of the Republic expressed respect to the other presidential candidates, stressing that "together we will make sure, through our actions and statements, that this will be a victory for Algeria and of good omen to our people."