In an address broadcast by the Algerian Television and National Radio, as part of the referendum campaign on the constitutional amendment, the prime minister said the constitutional amendment bill marks the "reconciliation of Algeria with itself, with its history and with the aspirations of its children."
He added that it also "puts our country back on track after the abuses perpetrated in recent years, which have almost destroyed the cohesion of the State and its institutions."
Leaving it up to the people to decide on the proposed amendment to the Constitution is a "response to the demands expressed by the genuine Hirak popular movement for the application of Articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution," Djerad said.
The two articles state that "the people is the source of all power," and that "national sovereignty belongs exclusively to the people."
The referendum is "one of the democratic instruments through which citizens freely express their will," the premier said.
He added that it constitutes, with the right to vote, a means of expression of popular sovereignty.
Djerad explained that the constitutional amendment submitted to a referendum on November 1st "is not an end in itself, but the means to achieve the ambitious and legitimate goals of the Algerian people."