Algerian Prime Minister Bedoui to Appoint Technocratic Government


Rabat – Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui has said that he will appoint a technocratic government that will include young protesters who called for political reforms.

The prime minister co-chaired a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra on Thursday. Bedoui said that consultations are under way to form the government, which will be open to the representatives of young Algerians who have rallied for political changes.

The government also asked for a transitional phase of no more than one year.

After succeeding in convincing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from running for a fifth term, Algerians are protesting his decision  to delay the 2019 election, previously planned for April 18.

Bouteflika’s current term ends on April 28. If he remains in power longer, he will be doing so unconstitutionally.

Algerian news agency APS reported that the prime minister promised that the government would start to prepare an “inclusive national conference” once a government is appointed.

Bedoui noted that Bouteflika requested the formation of a new government.

On Monday, Bouteflika announced he would withdraw his candidacy in the 2019 election for a fifth term. The ailing president also announced the appointment of Bedoui, who replaced Ahmed Ouyahia.

The new prime minister said that the new government will work to ensure an environment of “trust” and “serenity.”

“We are appealing to all political partners, especially those in opposition, to dialogue and to listen to each other in order to overcome the difficult situation in our country,” he said.

Despite the promises, Algeria is experiencing another wave of protests on Friday. Protests on March 15 mark the fourth Friday of demonstrations in a row. The protests began by calling for Bouteflika to step out of the presidential race and are continuing against the decision to delay the election.

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“Leave means leave,” and “We are here for a big clean up,” were among the banners protesters carried, asking for widespread reform.

Security services deployed trucks to monitor the protests.

In the last three weeks, students, lawyers, and citizens of all ages rallied continuously to protest Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth mandate.

Different days have seen different demographics come out to protest. On Friday, March 8, women turned out in large numbers for International Women’s Day. On Thursday, March 14, many people with disabilities showed up to protest.

Bouteflika’s decision to delay the election caused protesters to accuse him of playing tricks to extend his fourth term since he is now not running for a fifth.

It remains to be seen whether the protesters will succeed in convincing Bouteflika’s office to hold elections on April 18.