Algeria Abolishes Presidential Term Limits

Yesterday the Algerian Parliament overwhelmingly approved amendments to the constitution abolishing presidential term limits, allowing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a third term this spring. Opposition leaders lamented the clear “constitutional coup”. Bouteflika, however, was overjoyed: “This is a historic day for Algeria,” he said, as the amendments “will enshrine our democracy and (guarantee) solid and durable institutions.”

Bouteflika’s diligence in “enshrining democracy” in this way is probably why Secretary Rice called him “truly one of the wise men” of the region two months ago.