Ould Khelifa: Citizenship, only source of political legitimacy

Sunday, 06 December 2015 10:11
BISSAU (Guinea-Bissau)- Algeria is eager to enshrine the citizenship principle, only source of political legitimacy, by constitutionalizing citizens’ rights to the participation of political life, said Saturday, in Bissau (Guinea Bissau) the Speaker of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament), Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa.
“Post-independence Algeria, which led to the edification battle with, as a reference, the values and principles of the of citizenship of its Glorious Revolution, has always been eager to enshrine the citizenship principle, only source of political legitimacy, through the constitutionalization of citizens’ rights to participate in political life,” said Ould Khelifa in his speech given at the 38th conference of Presidents of African Parliaments, Members of the African Parliamentary Union (UPA).
“The empowerment of women was a winning card for Algeria which allowed women to contribute to the building of political institutions as candidates, voters and elected, and the political and socio-economic decision-making in a State that guarantees free education, professional training and health with the sole desire of ensuring a fair distribution of its wealth,” said Ould Khelifa.
“Thanks to the deep reforms undertaken by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the implementation of rational governance that enshrines the principle of active citizenship, Algeria was able to establish rational democratic participatory governance which allowed it to build efficient and affective institutions,” he added.
These reforms, said Ould Khelifa, “allowed Algeria to strengthen its stability, particularly after eradicating the terrorist threat and overcoming any manifestation of extremism, through a strong cohesion between State and society.”

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