Finance Minister Aymen Benabderrahmane appointed as new Algerian PM

The current finance minister, Aymen Benabderrahmane, was appointed by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the new prime minister to replace Abdelaziz Djerad, who resigned on Thursday, June 24.

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Six days after the start of political consultations for the formation of the new government on Saturday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ruled on the succession of Abdelaziz Djerad.

After having received the parties and the Independents which won the legislative elections of June 12, Tebboune decided to appoint the former Minister of Finance Aymen Benabderrahmane as Prime Minister, on Wednesday.

“In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Wednesday, appointed Mr. Aymen Benabderrahmane as Prime Minister,” read a statement issued by the Algerian Presidency.

The new prime minister is responsible for “continuing consultations with political parties and civil society to form the government as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Djerad’s successor is therefore responsible for continuing the consultations launched by Tebboune to form his cabinet and for continuing the execution of the presidential program. The head of state has already received the heads of the National Liberation Front (FLN), Democratic National Rally (RND), Society for Peace Movement (MSP), El Bina Movement, Future Front, and a delegation of independent deputies.

On Tuesday, the MSP announced that it will not participate in the next government. The party leader, Abderrazak Makri, revealed that President Abdelmadjid Tebboune “is committed to his program” and the “other parties have opted for the constitution of a presidential majority.”

The president of the Constitutional Council, Kamel Fenniche, had announced the final results of the legislative elections in Algeria, last Wednesday.

The FLN came first with 98 seats or 24.07% of the 407 seats in the People’s National Assembly. More than a week ago, preliminary results indicated that the FLN had won 105 seats.

While the “Independents” consolidated their rank as the second political force in parliament, winning 6 additional seats, from 78 to 84 seats according to the final results, or 20.63% of the total seats in the assembly.

The MSP won an additional seat, securing third place with 65 seats, or 15.97% of the total seats in the assembly

The winning parties in the legislative elections and the Independents bloc, except the MSP (65 seats), had announced their support for the formation of a presidential majority government, to favor the option of appointing a Prime Minister loyal to the policies of the Algerian President.

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