New government formed in Algeria

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a 39-member cabinet lineup, three weeks after he won a controversial election.
Sunday 05/01/2020
Algerian protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, January 3. (AFP)
Algerian protesters take part in an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, January 3. (AFP)

TUNIS - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a 39-member cabinet lineup, three weeks after he won a controversial election.

Tebboune was elected December 12 in a vote in which official turnout was announced at 39.9%.

Tebboune filled four of five key posts with people who figured in a reshuffled administration unveiled two days before long-time Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced out.

Sabri Boukadoum will keep the Foreign Ministry portfolio and Kamel Beldjoud, a previous housing minister who became interim interior minister in

December, remains as interior minister.

Belkacem Zeghmati continues as justice minister while Mohamed Arkab retains the energy portfolio in a country with significant hydrocarbons. Abderrahmane Raouya was named finance minister, having held the post from 2017 through early 2019.

Five women were appointed to government positions.

Tebboune named 65-year-old Abdelaziz Djerad, who holds a doctorate in political science and served as foreign minister from 2001-03, became prime minister on December 28.

Authorities released 76 detainees in January, including a prominent opposition activist. Those released included Lakhdar Bouregaa, a veteran of the 1960s war of independence. Dozens of others have been freed in recent days.

 

(With news agencies.)

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