ALGIERS- The newly elected President of the Republic Abdelamdjid Tebboune, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, called on Friday the actors of the popular movement (Hirak) to “a serious dialogue” for the interest of Algeria, while committing himself to carry out a “profound reform” of the Constitution by involving the various actors concerned.
“I address my words directly to the Hirak, that I have repeatedly called blessed, to help it reach out a serious dialogue in the service of Algeria and only Algeria,” said Tebboune at a press conference held after the announcement of the presidential election results.
“The Hirak, which has allowed the emergence of several mechanisms,” as the National Independent Authority for Elections (ANIE), “put Algeria back on the path to legitimacy, thus preserving it from adventurism and maneuvers that almost torpedoed the Algerian people,” he added promising to work to “do justice to all the victims of the “Issaba” (criminal gang).
“It is high time to implement the commitments made during the election campaign, without any exclusion or marginalization or intention of revenge,” he said adding that he would work with “all parties to turn the page on the past and move towards a New Republic with a new spirit and a new approach.
The President-elect took the opportunity to pay tribute to the People’s National Army (ANP), “worthy heir to the National Liberation Army (ALN), and its High Command,” in particular Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army, as well as to the other security units who “managed the situation with wisdom and foresight and ensured the absolute protection of the Hirak.”
– Deep reform of the constitution-
Regarding his priorities as President of the Republic, Tebboune said that, at the political level, he intends to carry out a “profound reform” of the Constitution involving academics, intellectuals, specialists and members of the national community living abroad.
Among other priorities the revision of the Electoral Law, he said adding that he did not intend to create a new political party or movement.
Tebboune acknowledged that the constitution of a new government is a “very difficult” task, ensuring that the Algerian people will be “surprised” by the appointment of new young ministers “not exceeding 26 and 27 years.”
“The Anti-Corruption Law will be maintained,” he said stressing that “the presidential pardon will not affect persons involved in corruption cases.”
In the same vein, the newly elected President of the Republic Abdelamdjid Tebboune, said that “the fight against corruption and corrupt people will continue.”
Concerning the press and the media, Tebboune said he is in favour of press freedom “all the way,” while noting that he would “rigorously” fight all forms of defamation and insult.
Relating to the country’s foreign policy, the President-elect said he is “very sensitive when it comes to national sovereignty.”
“No one can claim to have guardianship over Algeria,” said Tebboune.
Recalling that Algeria’s foreign policy was based on the “principle of reciprocity,” he affirmed that Algeria is “a pivotal country” at the African, Mediterranean and Arab levels.
Asked about relations with Morocco and the border issue, closed since 1994, Tebboune described them as “extremely sensitive.”
“Circumstances have led to this situation. The resolution of the problem depends on the elimination of these causes,” said Tebboune, recalling, in this context, the good relations between Algerian and Moroccan people.
“I do not answer the French President and only recognize the Algerian people,” replied Tebboune when asked about the position of French President Emmanuel Macron regarding his election as head of the country.
The independent candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected President of the Republic during Thursday’s presidential election with a rate of 58.15%, according to preliminary results announced by the the National Independent Authority for Elections (ANIE) ANIE.