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Latest update : 2009-04-30

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reelected on April 9, reinstated his previous government, including Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and the cabinet except one minister without portfolio.

AFP - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reelected on April 9, Monday reinstated Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and his outgoing government apart from one minister, the president's office announced.
Bouteflika "today received Mr Ahmed Ouyahia who tendered his resignation" and decided to reinstate him and the whole government "in light of the international timetable and domestic demands."
The exception was a minister without portfolio, Soltani Bouguerra, "who leaves the government at his own request," the presidential statement said.
Nourredine Zerhouni remains the minister of the interior and for local communities, Mourad Medelci keeps the foreign ministry and Chakib Khelil is back as minister of energy and mines.
Bouteflika was reelected for his third five-year term earlier this month with more than 90 percent of the votes cast in an election against five other candidates but boycotted by the main, historical opposition.
Ouyahia, 57, became prime minister in November last year when the post was created to enable the government chief to oversee the presidential development programme for the north African country.
He had already led the government between 2003 and 2006, while since 2003, he has been secretary general of the National Democratic Rally, a member of the presidential alliance of parties.

Date created : 2009-04-28