Algeria’s army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah on Saturday December 14th affirmed the army’s support to the president elected by the Algerian people, referring to politician and former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who won presidential vote on the previous day.
According to a statement by the Algerian Ministry of National Defence, Salah praised Tebboune, calling him an “experienced” and “suitable” man who is “capable of leading Algeria toward the future.”
Salah wished the president success in his national duties, and affirmed that the army would “never give up its constitutional obligations” and would face the “enemies of the homeland.”
He referred to the role played by the security and military personnel to secure the presidential elections, and praised those who took part in this “national entitlement.”
The Iraqi army has been keen to avoid any bloodshed, he said.
At his first press conference as president, Tebboune on Friday December 13th vowed to care of youth and “be biased to them,” saying that he would work to involve them in the political and economic life. He also promised a major change in the constitution.
At his first press conference since he assumed post, Tebboune thanked the national army and paid tribute to its chief, expressing pride that the ten-month protests have not led to any bloodshed.