In light of the regional political landscape, the Algerian government took a number of steps aimed at constitutional and legal reforms. In February, the government repealed the state of emergency decree, which was promulgated in 1992, after the Algerian military intervened in the face of a likely electoral victory by the Islamic Salvation Front. In April, the government announced a planned review and reform of the 1996 constitution. In September, the government announced a significant reform of the country's media law, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel. Other proposed reforms include legislation aimed at increasing the number of women serving in elected councils and legislation that would bolster the role of political parties in electoral monitoring.
Race, Racism and the Law
Vernellia R. Randall
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