Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun
Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun

Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun said that his country's army is peaceful and will not participate in any aggression, noting that it is time for Algeria to get out of its shell.

This came in Taboun's interview, with local media broadcast on Friday evening, commenting on the proposal of the Algerian army to participate in peacekeeping operations, which was included in the draft amendment of the constitution under discussion, which raised a lot of controversy.

He added, "Things must return to normal. Our army is peaceful and will not participate in any aggression. We must not forget who will defend Algeria."

Taboun added that the Algerian army previously participated in several foreign operations, indicating that the time has come to abandon the logic of hesitation and ambiguity in dealing with international developments that have turned the world into hotbeds of tension and destructive conflicts for countries in the interest of the great powers.

 "Algeria is a country that must come out of its shell and the last word belongs to the people through the approval of two-thirds of parliament members to allow the Algerian army to participate in peacekeeping operations abroad, under the umbrella of the United Nations or in the framework of bilateral agreements with friendly and brotherly countries."

 On the other hand, Taboun renewed his intention to pass a consensual constitution that would be accepted by the majority of Algerians, pointing out that the proposal to create the vice president’s position was dictated by the circumstances and problems that the country lived in earlier, and almost led to its unbearable consequences.

 He noted that the creation of the position of vice president aims to ensure the continuity of the state in the event of a vacancy in the position of president, stressing that the last word belongs to the citizen.

 Taboun indicated that he favored a semi-presidential or parliamentary system, calling for a constitutionally codified coexistence between the government and the presidency.

Taboon also renewed his desire to leave the solid presidential system, citing his abdication of many of his powers in favor of the Prime Minister.

Taboun defended the expert committee charged with preparing the draft amendment of the constitution, highlighting that the critics targeted people they did not know and were known for their patriotism.