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President Tebboune appoints Djerad as new Prime Minister

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has appointed a little-known academic and retired diplomat as the country’s new prime minister, who promised to win back people’s trust after months of street protests.

Abdelaziz Djerad, 65, was asked by Tebboune on Saturday to form Algeria’s next government, according to the AP News Agency.

In his first public statement, Djerad, 65, stressed the need to work together to meet “social-economic challenges and pull ourselves out of this delicate period,” Aljazeera News Agency stated.

Abdelaziz Djerad, 65, served in the administration of a previous president in the 1990s, but was sidelined by president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in April after two decades as head of state.

The new prime minister was born in Khenchela, graduated from a school in Algiers and studied at Paris Nanterre University in France. Djerad also worked as a professor of political science at the University of Algiers.

The protesters rejected any election that took place while the military stayed involved in politics and Bouteflika-era figures retained powerful positions.

Algeria’s authorities publicly welcomed the street protests, casting them as a patriotic movement aimed at refreshing Algerian politics and ending corruption.

Djerad spoke several times on radio after the protests began, backing them and demanding that Bouteflika and his allies quit power.

Tebboune’s ascent to power was orchestrated by the veteran army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah who died last week from a heart attack at the age of 79.

SUSA Monitoring reports and analyses news from TV, radio, web and print media around the world. 

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