Algeria has a population of 33 million people, 99% of whom are Muslim. Algeria has traditionally shown tolerance to religious minorities. The situation of the remaining religious minorities took a negative turn on February 28, 2006, when the Algerian parliament introduced new legislation defining "the conditions and rules for the exercise of religious worship other than Islam". The law was published on March 1, 2006 in the Official Journal of the Algerian Republic. Representatives of religious minorities have raised concerns over this new law and its possible misuse against them.