U.S. Edition
COUNTRY People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
ELECTION TYPE Referendum on Draft Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation
DATE September 29, 2005
At stake in this Referendum:
  • This referendum was to approve the Draft Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation, which called for implementing measures to strengthen national cohesion in Algeria.
Description of government structure:
  • Chief of State: President Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Ahmed OUYAHIA
  • Assembly: Algeria has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the National People's Assembly (Al-Majlis Ech-Chaabi Al-Watani) with 389 seats and the Council of Nations (Senate) with 144 seats.
Main provisions in this Referendum:
  • This referendum asked voters: 'Do you agree with the Draft Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation, which is proposed to you?' ('Etes-vous d’accord sur le projet de Charte pour la Paix et la Réconciliation Nationale qui vous est proposé?' )

  • A popular majority was needed for the referendum to pass.
Results of the Referendum:
  • Valid "Yes" Votes: 14,054,164
    Percentage of "Yes" Votes: 97.36%

  • Valid "No" Votes: 381,127
    Percentage of "No" Votes: 2.64%
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 32,531,853 (July 2005 est.)
  • Number of registered voters: 18,310,125
Of interest:
  • The Draft Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation was proposed as a way to bring about a transition to peace after the 10-year civil war, which claimed more than 100,000 lives. The Charter pardons those convicted or imprisoned for armed violent actions during the civil war. The Charter will ensure that those wanted in Algeria or abroad for taking part in armed actions will not face prosecution for these actions. The only exception to this applies to those involved in mass killings, rapes or bombings in public areas, who will still face prosecution.
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