Tuesday, February 23, 2021

President Tebboune reshuffles his government without major changes


The Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Djerad, however criticized, remains in his post.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Sunday carried out a partial reshuffle of his government, eagerly awaited, but without major team change, on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of the popular protest movement of Hirak, said a press release from the presidency.

The Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Djerad, however criticized, remains in his post as well as the holders of the royal ministries, according to the list published by the Presidency of the Republic.

The Minister of Energy, Abdelamadjid Attar, in charge of a declining oil rent, and his colleague from Industry, Ferhat Aït Ali, who is paying for his management of the issue of the revival of the automotive industry are starting. The ministers of Water Resources, Tourism, Environment and Public Works are also leaving the government.

The head of state also dissolved Sunday the National People’s Assembly (APN), the lower house of parliament, paving the way for early parliamentary elections within six months, according to national television. No date has yet been set for the poll. But the political class is counting on the month of June.

To respond to the political crisis shaking Algeria, Mr. Tebboune also decreed Thursday a presidential pardon in favor of sixty prisoners of conscience, a gesture of appeasement addressed to the popular protest movement of Hirak. Since then, at least 35 prisoners have been released, according to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD).

In addition, several hundred demonstrators gathered this Sunday in Paris on the eve of the second anniversary of the popular uprising of Hirak in Algeria to call among other things for the release of all prisoners of conscience and demand a “radical change” of the system.



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