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Algeria’s New President Assumes Duties on Thursday

Algeria’s New President Assumes Duties on Thursday

Monday, 16 December, 2019 - 07:45
Abdelmadjid Tebboune greets attendees during the presidential election in Algiers, Algeria December 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Algeria’s newly elected president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, will assume his official duties on Thursday.

He will be sworn in office as Algeria’s eighth president amid praise for his call to hold dialogue with various parties and the protest movement.

Head of the Liberty and Justice Party, former Information Minister Mohamed al-Said welcomed the president-elect’s call for dialogue with protesters and his desire to put the past behind him as the country moves forward to end its crisis.

He stressed that dialogue must include all active political and social parties.

According to official results, Tebboune, who served in a number of cabinet posts under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, including two stints as housing minister, won the election with more than 50% of the vote. He ran against four other candidates, all seen by the protesters as part of the ruling regime they are demonstrating against.

Meanwhile, defeated presidential Ali Benflis announced that he would be quitting political life.

Speaking before members of his Talaie El Hurriyet party, he said he would be passing the torch to the youth, urging them to continue to pursue Algeria’s interests.

Benflis, 75, held the post of premier under Bouteflika from 2000 to 2003. He ran for president in 2004 and 2014, twice failing against Bouteflika.

Another defeated candidate, former tourism minister Abdelkader Bengrina had requested over the weekend that his party relieve him of his duties as its president. He had garnered 17.38 percent of the presidential vote.

Leader of the Democratic National Rally party (RND), Azzedine Mihoubi, who was also defeated in last week’s elections, is meanwhile preparing to hold a conference for his party. He has been serving as its interim chief since succeeding Ahmed Ouyahia, the former PM who was sentenced to 15 years in jail last week for corruption. Mihoubi had garnered 7.26 percent of the presidential vote.

Head of the Front El Moustakbel (Future Front) party, Abdelaziz Belaid, who came in last in the elections, has yet to announce his political fate.

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