Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Saturday named a university professor and former diplomat as prime minister, as he builds a new government to handle political unrest and a looming economic challenge.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister and loyalist of Algeria’s influential army chief, has been elected the country’s new president in a vote boycotted by members of a vibrant nationwide protest movement, electoral authorities announced Friday.
An Algerian court sentenced two former prime ministers to long prison terms Tuesday in the first of a string of high-profile corruption trials launched after former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests in April.
Five candidates will run in Algeria’s presidential election next month, including two former prime ministers, the head of the election authority said on Saturday, amid mass protests rejecting the vote.
Algeria's election authority has registered 22 candidates for a December presidential election, including two former prime ministers under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the official APS agency reported Sunday.
Twelve months ago Algeria was in turmoil after the departure of former national team star Rabah Madjer, but the appointment of Djamel Belmadi proved a stroke of genius from a federation that had burned through five coaches in two turbulent years.
The chairman of Algeria’s Constitutional Council Tayib Belaiz quit his post on Tuesday, state news agency APS said, following calls for his resignation by pro-democracy protesters who say he is part of a ruling elite they want abolished.