Algeria Confiscates Passport of Former Algerian Prime Minister


Rabat – After dismissing senior military officials, Algerian authorities have confiscated the passport of the former Algerian prime minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Quoting an unidentified source, Algeria’s Observ Algerie reported yesterday that the Court of Justice of Algiers ruled that the former official is not allowed to leave Algeria.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Tebboune in 2017 three months after he was appointed.

The former official was allegedly dismissed for his public criticism of the Algerian presidency. Algerian businessmen had accused Tebboune of obstructing their activities.

After he was dismissed, a source on condition of anonymity told AFP that Tebboune was fired as his “vision” did not comply with Bouteflika’s strategy.

The source added that there were communication issues between the two officials.

Tebboune was replaced by Ahmed Ouyahia who had served as head of government three times between 1995 and 2012.

Recently, Bouteflika ordered the dismissal of five top military officers, including Enad Nouba, Said Bey, Abderrezak Cherif, Boudjema Boudouaour, and Habib Chentouf.

The officers are facing charges of the traffic of influence and abuse of power, Observe Algerie reported on Sunday.

According to the news platform, investigations are ongoing and are connected to other investigations opened into several top officials suspected of corruption following the seizure of 701 kilograms of cocaine in May.