Algeria’s sworn in Abdelmadjid Tebboune as New President

Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been sworn in on Thursday as Algeria’s new president, replacing Abdelaziz Bouteflika the former president who ruled for 20 years and his interim predecessor, Abdelkader Bensalah.

People are seen gathered for a mass anti-government protest in the center of the Algerian capital Algiers, Dec. 17, 2019. Photography: AFP

Tebboune, a former prime minister who won 58% of the vote on an official turnout of 40% in the last Thursday election. The new president has offered a dialogue with the protest movement in an effort to end 10 months of mass street protests.

Authorities said 40% of voters had taken part in the December 12 election, which state media cast as a high enough turn-out to vindicate the decision to hold the poll in spite of a boycott.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune, once a close Bouteflika ally, was prime minister for less than three months in 2017 but was sacked when he tried to take on powerful business figures accused of corruption.

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