Interim Prime Minister as presidential candidates named


Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal resigned his portfolio on Thursday to run the re-election campaign of incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika according to the Algerie Presse Service. He will be replaced by Youcef Yousfi the Minister of Energy and Mines in an interim capacity.

Mr. Yousfi (53) has an engineering degree from the National School of Chemical Industries (ENSIC) in Nancy (France), he also has a degree in economics and a PhD in Physical Sciences from the University of Nancy. His early career was as an academic but in 1996 he was made Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic and in 1997 was elected to the National People’s Congress and became Minister of Energy and Mines. In 1999 he was made Minister of Foreign Affairs and from 2001 – 2005 was Ambassador to Ottawa (Canada). From 2006 – 2008 he was Algeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York and between 2008 – 2010 Ambassador to Tunisia.

Mr. Yousfi was made Minister of Energy and Mines on 28th May 2010 until his current appointment.

The six candidates running in the presidential election on 17th April are:

Belaid Abdelaziz

Benflis Ali

Bouteflika Abdelaziz (incumbent President and expected to win)

Touati Moussa

Mme. Hanoune Louisa

Rebaine Ali Fewzi

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