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Algeria’s president is among those who say the country become a ‘New Republic’ if a majority of people support a draft constitution in a referendum on November 1. Abdelmadjid Tebboune and his supporters say the powers of the prime minister and parliament will be enhanced, answering demands of pro-democracy protesters who in April 2019 succeeded in forcing the resignation of then-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. But critics of the draft are unimpressed – and say it is a thinly-disguised attempt by the president to hold on to power under the guise of political reform. As referendum day draws near, The Stream looks at what people in Algeria think about the proposed changes – and what’s next for the country. Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe #Aljazeeraenglish #News #AlgeriaAl Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Algeria
Algeria, officially the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country on the Mediterranean coast. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest by area in the African Union and the Arab world. With an estimated population of over 44 million, it is the eighth-most populous country in Africa.
Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the southeast by Niger, to the southwest by Mali, Mauritania, and the Western Saharan territory, to the west by Morocco, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country has a semi-arid geography, with most of the population living in the fertile north and the Sahara dominating the geography of the south. This arid geography makes the country very vulnerable to climate change.