President replaces Prime Minister
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika yesterday ‘terminated’ the functions of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and appointed Abdelmalek Sellal as his new prime minister according to a press release from the presidency.
The announcement stated that “In accordance with article 77.5 of the Constitution, President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has terminated today the functions of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who presented his resignation. The President of the Republic has appointed Abdelmalek Sellal as Prime Minister.”
Abdelmalek Sellal (64) a career diplomat who served as Ambassador to Budapest (Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia) from 1996 to 1997 has also served in a number of ministries. In 1998 he was appointed Minister of Interior, Local Government and the Environment. From there he moved to Youth and Sports in 1999 and in 2001 to Public Works. In 2002 he became the Minister of Transport and then in 2004 he was appointed Minister for Water Resources where he remained apart from one short spell between 2009 and 2010 until his new appointment yesterday.
The appointment comes months after the 10th May general election and the president is now expected to name the remaining members of his new Cabinet today or tomorrow.