Tamazight recognized in Algeria

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Apr 9 12:38:08 UTC 2002

	     New York Times, April 9, 2002

             World Briefing: Africa


Parliament approved a constitutional amendment to make the language of the
country's Berber minority, Tamazight, a national language. Berbers, who
make up about one-fifth of the population of 31 million, have long sought
official recognition of their language and culture, and want Tamazight to
have equal status with Arabic. In the last year, Berbers have also pushed
for economic and social benefits for their impoverished northeastern
homeland, Kabylie, and have clashed repeatedly with the police.

                (Agence France-Presse)

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