New government in Algeria, half of the outgoing team renewed

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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled the structure of the new government on Wednesday, following the June 12 legislative elections. According to an official statement, the chief outgoing ministers have been reappointed, except for the departments of foreign affairs and justice.

Three weeks after the legislative elections, Algeria has a new government. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled the names of 34 of the team’s members on Wednesday, 7 July, 17 of whom have been renewed.

In foreign affairs, Sabri Bokadoum is replaced by ex-diplomat Ramtane Lamamra, a veteran of the chancellery who was already in charge of diplomatic affairs at the time of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in April 2019.

Abderachid Tebbi, former Supreme Court president, replaced the unpopular Belkesam Zeghmati as seals keeper.

As far as the media is concerned, Ammar Belheimer remains as Minister of Communications, but he is no longer a government spokesman.

On 30 June, Abdelmadjid Tebboune appointed Prime Minister Ammin Benbader Rahman, a 53-year-old technocrat, to the previous team as finance minister. He is going to keep his functions of Chief Treasurer.

The composition of the government does not bode well for major policy changes.

Promise of change after assembly elections

On 1 March, during a minor cabinet reshuffle, President Tebboune nevertheless confirmed that there would be a profound change of government following the legislative elections.

The June 12 ballot was won by the National Liberation Front (FLN, in power), and independents rallied for the head of state and smaller parties close to power.

The vote was marked by a record abstention (77%), in a country that had fallen into a political stalemate against a backdrop of Hirak’s popular uprising and generalized repression since early 2019.

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These elections were rejected by the opposition and part of Hirak, who called for a radical change in the political “system” since independence (1962).

The authorities are now determined to continue their political and institutional normalization after the Hirak earthquake, weakened today by repression and division, but ignoring the demands of the street: rule of law, democratic transition, popular sovereignty. free justice.

The new National Assembly is scheduled to assume office on Thursday.

AFP

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