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Panel established to reform Algerian constitution

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Algeria has set up a commission of five constitutional law experts to revise the constitution as part of reforms promised by the president during the Arab Spring.

The commission is to present its amendments “as soon as possible” taking into account the input of participants in a reform commission set up in April 2011, said a statement Monday by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Most opposition groups boycotted the commission maintaining it was stacked with the president’s allies.

The main change expected is the creation of the post of vice president, who would be in position to take over from the ailing Bouteflika should he run for a fourth term in April 2014 elections.