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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Algerian Head of Internal Security Resigns, Succeeded by Bouazza

Politics

Sally ElShorbagy - Sara Colquhoun

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:53 GMT

As the shifting tide of political events rises, the post-Boutaflika Algeria is witnessing more changes in its leadership. There is a new appointment following the resignation of Algeria’s head of internal security general Abdul Qadir. He has been succeeded by general Wasini Bouazza, who has been appointed as his successor.

On Sunday, April 21st, Bouazza will head up a new internal security service, according to Ennahar TV.

 Bouazza is a prominent member of the national army's general staff and served as director of military installations.

These changes reflect against a backdrop of continuing unrest and shifting power in Algeria, since street demonstrations and pressure on the army led to the fall of their longtime president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after two decades of autocratic rule.

 However demonstrators want further change. Algerian state television reported Saturday April 20th that the finance minister and a former prime minister have been summoned for questioning over corruption allegations.

Former prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia and finance minister Mohamed Loukal are expected to appear Sunday before the public prosecutor.

Anger at corruption is seen as one of the main drivers of the protest movement.

Meanwhile protesters have continued to demonstrate on their ninth straight Friday against the country’s leadership and to call for the departure of the military’s powerful chief of staff, general Ahmed Gaid Salah.

 Earlier this week, Gaid Salah called on Algerians to show patience during the political transition ahead.

A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose a successor to Bouteflika.  

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