Berbers want more autonomy
The Algerian Government has agreed to include the language of the country's Berber minority, Tamazight, in its educational system.
This fulfils one of the demands of Berbers who staged violent protests against the Algerian authorities in Kabylie two years ago, which left 60 people dead and about 2,000 injured.
The language will now be included and promoted in the educational system and the institutional consecration of private education at all the levels.
Tamazight was recognised as a national language last year after further unrest amongst radical Berbers who were pressing for greater cultural and political recognition, in the country where they claim they represent 25% of the population.
However, the government of President Bouteflika said that the recognition of Tamazight, as an official language of the country will require a change in the constitution.
The language, is spoken mostly by Berbers and by other ethnic groups in Algeria and Morocco, but at present Arabic is the only official state language.
Since independence from France in 1962, the majority Arab community, backed by both the military and Islamist lobbies, have maintained that Arabic must be the sole language to be recognised by the state.