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.
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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