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Algerian Army Considers 'New Roadmap' for Armed Forces

Algerian Army Considers 'New Roadmap' for Armed Forces

Thursday, 14 January, 2021 - 11:00
Algerian Army Chief of Staff Said Chengriha (AFP)

The Algerian military high command announced it wants to establish a strong, modern, and advanced army that meets the reputation of the "new Algeria."

The Army Chief of Staff, Said Chengriha, met in Algiers with senior army officials to discuss a "clear roadmap", according to the statement of the Defense Ministry.

Chengriha asserted that since he assumed his position, he has been keen to set a roadmap for the army, which he tried to consolidate with leaders and commanders during field visits to military units as well as his meetings with a number of officials.

He indicated he has a comprehensive vision of the tasks and roles that everyone must adhere to until establishing a strong army that can meet all challenges.

He asserted that the war on terrorism and the positive adaptation to the scientific and technological developments enabled the army to meet the challenges facing it.

Chengriha, 79, did not provide the details of the suggested roadmap, but his increased presence at the political scene over the past few months was noticeable.

He made various field visits to military facilities and gave several media statements, especially when President Abdelmadjid Tebboune traveled to Germany for treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Chengriha’s media presence was seen as an indication of the army’s support to the president after several opposition forces doubted his physical ability to remain in power.

The army is still at the heart of the power struggle and the opposition forces criticize its “control over civilian power.”

Tebboune flew back to Germany on Sunday for treatment of complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection, the presidency said.

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