December 13, 2019 / 5:58 PM / 8 months ago

Algerian president-elect says to look at new constitution

FILE PHOTO: Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, speaks during the presentation of his government's Action Plan at the National PeopleÕs Assembly (APN) in Algiers, Algeria June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria’s president-elect Abdelmadjid Tebboune said in his first public comments on Friday that he would start “consultations” on drawing up a new constitution that would be put to Algerians in a referendum.

He offered a “serious dialogue” to the opposition mass protest movement, said he would institute reforms to reduce spending on imports and promised to “open a new page” for Algeria.

Reporting By Hamid Ould Ahmed, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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