President Tebboune Unveils New Cabinet in Algeria

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Wednesday, named a new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Ayman Ben Abdelrahman.

According to a statement issued by Algerian Presidency, Ramdane Lamamra has been appointed as foreign minister, taking over from Sabri Boukadoum.

The new Foreign Minister, Lamamra, had held the role several times under Former President Bouteflika.

The 33-member Cabinet is entirely made up of parliamentary blocs that support the policies of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

President Tebboune kept the defense portfolio while Premier Abdelrahman, who was finance minister in the previous government, will remain in charge of finance also 17 former ministers retained their ministerial positions

Algeria has been trying to extract itself from a financial and economic crisis that has caused budget and trade deficits after a fall in energy export revenues, the main source of state finances.

Tebboune was elected in December 2019 after mass protests forced his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down, Tebboune has promised to carry out political and economic reforms

He has said most planned reforms have been delayed due to the global pandemic that deepened the crisis in Algeria and worsened its financial situation.

Tebboune’s plans involve mainly developing the non-energy sector, including agriculture, as the North African nation imports most of its food needs.

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