In his opening speech of the meeting Government-governors at the Palace of the Nations, President Tebboune said “I call you to prepare for the stage of the referendum (on the draft revision of the Constitution) in order to ensure the best conditions as well as material and psychological means to enable citizens to have their say on the country’s future,” extending his thanks to “all those who contributed to the enrichment of the draft revision of the Constitution among the national personalities, political parties, trade unions, civil associations, university teachers and others.”
I would like particularly to welcome and highly value all the formulated proposals, he added.
In this regard, President Tebboune reaffirmed that the “change claimed by popular Hirak is certainly a peaceful change, but radical which goes through the Constitution, the basis of the State,” pointing out that “the change shouldn’t occur in offices or be the prerogative of a certain group but must emanate from the people who will have the last word and all the freedom to validate or refuse the draft revision of the Constitution.”
In case of refusal, “the former Constitution will be implemented with the determination to make the change,” underlined President Tebboune.
The supporters of the transition period and schemers of other sides are wrong because the train has already set off and will not turn back, he affirmed.
After expressing the ambition to develop “a consensual Constitution,” President of the Republic announced that a “text will be soon published comprising proposals of everyone and each article will include all the proposals, so that to take the proposals of the majority into consideration.”
Once this operation is completed, he added, the amendment of the Constitution will become “a draft,” but currently, “we are still collecting proposals.”