Algeria’s Ruling FLN Party Elects New Leader

5/2/2019

According to state media, Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party has elected a new leader, 50-year old businessman Mohamed Djemai, a month after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit in the face of mass protests over his bid for a fifth term in office. Djemai is a relatively youthful figure atop the FLN, most of whose senior officials are in their seventies and have dominated Algeria's politics since independence from France in 1962. He replaced Moad Bouchareb, who like other associates of Bouteflika stepped down when he did on April 2.

The army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who helped push out Bouteflika after having him declared unfit for office, said several big corruption cases would be brought forward as part of a major crackdown.

"The judiciary has been freed from all pressures," Salah said in a speech at a base in the eastern city of Constantine. "The country will be cleansed of corruption and corrupt people."

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