Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal (R) speaks during a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Algiers on June 1, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ STR)
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Algeria's parliament meets from Wednesday to consider a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy but critics have denounced as window dressing.Dominated by Bouteflika supporters, Algeria's lower and upper houses are expected to adopt the reforms on Sunday, after the full package is presented by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Thursday.Critics disagree, saying the reforms are little more than a show and will do little to reduce the influence of the powerful elite, including Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) party and army generals, who dominate the country.John Entelis, an Algeria expert at Fordham University in the United States, said the reform package was clearly designed to address public concerns.
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