Algeria is deciding whether to pardon those involved in bloodshed a decade ago
President Bouteflika, who has spent weeks travelling across Algeria campaigning for the “yes” vote, appeared briefly to cast his ballot in the capital’s El Biar district.
He needs a substantial majority of the country’s 18 million voters to give his controversial charter legitimacy. It would offer an amnesty to all those involved in the conflict unless they were responsible for massacres, rapes or bombings of public places. It would reject any responsibility by the security forces for thousands of disappearances during the civil war and provide compensation for the families of victims.
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