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World Algeria's Tebboune: regime insider in search of legitimacy

12:05  30 october  2020
12:05  30 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Abdelmadjid Tebboune , declared victor on Friday in Algeria ' s unpopular presidential election, has spent decades at the heart of the country's establishment including a brief stint as prime minister. Aged 74 and a senior member of the National Liberation Front (FLN) of former president Abdelaziz.

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Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a regime insider who took office after nearly a year of protests, is seeking to satisfy the demands of the street through a constitutional referendum on Sunday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune came to power in December in a presidential election marred by a record low turnout © RYAD KRAMDI Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune came to power in December in a presidential election marred by a record low turnout

A senior member of the National Liberation Front (FLN) of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the 74-year-old is far from being the fresh face demanded by the youth-dominated Hirak protest movement.

Tebboune, who is currently hospitalised overseas, had already held significant posts at the heart of the establishment, including a brief stint as prime minister, ahead of taking the highest office after a December 2019 election marred by a record low turnout.

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Tebboune seen as another regime insider by demonstrators. Algeria facing economic challenges after drop in oil prices. Both Bedoui and dismissed Interior Minister Salah Eddine Dahmoune were especially unpopular among Algeria ’ s protesters. Tebboune ’s win came after the country’s powerful

Abdelmadjid Tebboune is seen as a regime insider who served in various ministerial positions under Abdelaziz Bouteflika © MOHAMED Abdelmadjid Tebboune was declared the winner of Algeria ’ s presidential election on Friday as thousands of protesters poured into the centre of the capital, Algiers

The Hirak, driven by young activists in a country where half the population is under the age of 30, forced Bouteflika from office in April last year by taking to the streets on an unprecedented scale.

Even after securing Bouteflika's resignation, the weekly protests persisted, targeting a total overhaul of a political system that has been in place since Algeria's independence.

It was only in March this year, three months after Tebboune's victory, that the Hirak suspended demonstrations, due to social distancing required by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tebboune has tried to reach out to the Hirak and sought to broaden his popular appeal through his proposed constitutional reform.

But he may be absent on the day of the vote, after being transferred Wednesday from hospital in Algiers to Germany for "medical examinations", according to his office.

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Algeria ’ s former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won the presidential election in the unrest-hit Tebboune served as housing minister and briefly as premier under the two-decade rule of “I came out today because these elections do not have political, popular, or constitutional legitimacy .

Algeria ’ s former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won the presidential election in the unrest-hit country. According to Algerian authorities, 40 percent of eligible voters participated in the election. Many people regarded the voting — a contest between five Bouteflika-linked candidates — as a

Days earlier, he had gone into self-isolation after reports of suspected coronavirus cases among his aides. On Thursday, the presidency said his condition was "stable and not worrying," but did not give further details.

Taking office after a poll shunned and vilified by the protest movement, he is the first Algerian president not to enjoy the prestige of having fought in the 1954-1962 war for independence from France.


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Tebboune began his career in local administration before becoming a regional governor during one-party rule by the FLN in the 1980s.

In 1991 he briefly served in the cabinet of then-president Chadli Bendjedid, before temporarily leaving the political scene.

- 'Perfect bureaucrat' -

Tebboune, who had never stood for election before last year's presidential poll, "is a caricature of the perfect bureaucrat", according to a former associate.

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Algeria is an island of stability in a tumultuous region. Almost seven years after the Arab Spring uprisings, the Algerian regime has shown a significant degree of resilience and adaptability. The country’ s relative peace and the regime ’ s lon-gevity reflect the capacity of elites to dispense political

(TAP)- President of the Republic Kais Saied held a phone conversation on Thursday evening with his Algerian opposite number Abdelmadjid Tebboune during which greetings on Eid al-Adha feast were exchanged. The call offered the opportunity to take stock of the health situation in Algeria and lay

Sporting a thin moustache and a heavy smoker, he is not known for his charisma or public speaking skills, the former associate said.

Not long after Bouteflika took the presidency in 1999, the then head of state brought Tebboune out of early retirement by making him communications minister, later entrusting him with other portfolios.

He left office in 2002, before returning to government again a decade later and finally becoming Bouteflika's prime minister in 2017.

Tebboune was to be the shortest-serving prime minister in Algeria's history.

After launching an attack on oligarchs close to the state who were awarded huge public contracts, he was sacked just three months into his post.

Most of those he accused are now behind bars over cases of alleged graft.

During his election campaign, Tebboune used this episode to distance himself from Bouteflika's rule.

Tebboune is married and has two sons and two daughters.

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