New Algerian president vows to restore security, welfare
Algeria, Politics, 4/28/1999
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has asserted that one of the first priorities in his policy is to work to restore civil peace and eliminate violence, both in theory and practice. He explained that security of both people and property is the responsibility of the state.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion of taking his constitutional oath on Tuesday, the Algerian president said the state had to utilize all means to deter violence and combat its consequences according to the rules enforced in the Algerian Republic.
President Bouteflika pledged to exert all efforts in order to unify ranks. He added that he will spare no efforts to having such collective a effort. He stressed that implementing the democratic project in the country can be made through "restoring back legitimacy" to the state " establishments."
He said the success of this attitude will help in the establishment of new grounds that would be conducive to a new breakthrough based on honoring all convictions under security, peace and stability maintained in the country.
The Algerian president added that Algeria has to undergo accelerated transformations in the world and adapt through further openness to what is taking place in the regional and international arenas. He called for free self-expression and enabling scientific and technical capabilities to surface.
Bouteflika underlined the importance of private investment in boosting the country's economy: "We have to work together with strong determination to take our due role on the international arena."
Earlier in the day President Bouteflika took his constitutional oath in the presence of Algerian political, governmental, military, and parliamentary activists and heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Algiers in an official ceremony held at al-Ummah palace in Algiers.
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