Bouteflika promotes the unity of the nation and civil concord law
Algeria, Politics, 8/31/1999
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stated the people should be committed to Algeria's interest only, because the ruler has already attained what he has been hoping for by becoming a ruler, yet the citizens are the only ones who pay the bill for the faults committed against his countries' interests, loyalty and faithfulness. "Commitment is to Algeria and not to any other person, even the president," Bouteflika said. He said, "If only one honest man, women or child who needs rights remained in Algeria, I would stand by him."
Bouteflika's remarks are part of a tour that started in Melila, to call on the Algerian people to take part in the September 16 referendum on the law for civil reconciliation.
Bouteflika stated that he would reexamine the current laws in light of the need for intensive transparency in government and laws.
Bouteflika listened to the members of the public, who raised many issues, and he thanked them, then he described Algeria as a group that should be rescued by abandoning personal gains for the general public good, adding that he is going to compensate the families of the victims of terrorism.
Bouteflika, moreover, said that restoring peace is his top priority, and he is to bring Algerians together once again as one people and one nation, clarifying that the families of terrorists have nothing to do with the crime or the guilt of individual family members.
He shed light upon the credibility of the country and the law and the reconciliation law he is promoting, saying "You have to pass over my corpse to hurt those who are for peace and safety. Thus safety and peace of Allah be upon them."
Bouteflika called on the newspapers El-Chaab and El-Mejahed to have a complete paper and have in the paper the citizens "express their opinions and not to spy over us. Damn the spy and spying, thus if only one honest man, women or child who needs rights remained in Algeria, I would stand by him."
Moreover, Bouteflika stressed the importance of development in the country especially the agricultural sector, where production has fallen sharply by 46% from previous high levels. Bouteflika has appointed a woman as the mayor of Melila, which is the first time in Algerian history since independence that any governor has the right to directly contact Bouteflika himself.
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