Algeria: Cabinet reshuffle but no major change

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune proceeded on Sunday (February 21) to a partial reshuffle of his government, on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of the popular protest movement of Hirak, according to a statement from the Algerian presidency.

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

Were affected by this reshuffle in particular the Minister of Energy, Abdelamadjid Attar and that of Industry, Ferhat Aït Ali, much criticized for his management of the issue of the revival of the automotive industry.

Also dismissed were Arezki Berraki (Water Resources), Mohamed Hamidou (Tourism), Nassira Benharrats (Environment) and Farouk Chiali (Public Works).

Under this reshuffle, Mohamed Bacha was appointed head of the Industry Department, Mohamed Arkab at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Kamel Nasri head of Public Works and Transport, Mustapha Kamel Mihoubi (Resources in water), Mohamed Ali Boughazi (Tourism), Hocine Charhabil at the Department of Digitization and Statistics, Tarek Belaribi at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning and Dalila Boudjemaa (Environment).

President Tebboune, who kept the other ministers in this Executive with 36 members between ministers and secretaries of state, announced the dissolution of the National People’s Assembly (APN) (lower house of Parliament) and the organization of elections anticipated legislative.

These announcements came a few days before the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Hirak on February 22, which ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from power after 20 years of unchallenged reign.

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