Algeria Swears in New President

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Algeria Swears in New President

Algeria now has a new president. He is former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune who was sworn in as the new president on Thursday, a week after winning a widely boycotted election.

President Tebboune is succeeding former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted from office in April after mass demonstrations over a planned 5th tenure.

Despite his victory, Citizens of Algeria have remained on the streets to protest what they see as a ploy by the political elite to retain its hold on power. President Tebboune must now address the grievances of the protesters if his administration must start on a good note.

President Tebboune after being elected vowed to extend hands to the Hirak (protest movement) for a dialogue. He also promised to appoint young ministers and push for a new constitution.

Algeria is heavily dependent on oil exports and its budget has been hard hit by low crude prices, which could force Tebboune to take unpopular decisions.

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