Algeria swears in new president

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Former prime minister and member of Algeria’s longstanding governing National Liberation Front FLN, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has been sworn in as the country’s new president.

Mr Tebboune took the oath of office at a ceremony televised live on state TV from the Palace of Nations in the capital, Algiers.

He won the December 12 election with 58 percent of the vote, with turnout reported at nearly 40 percent despite mass protests.

After the results were announced on December 13, state TV changed a caption in the top left corner of its screen from “Algeria votes” to “Algeria is victorious”.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Algiers last Friday chanting slogans against Mr Tebboune, who was a loyalist of ousted leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

He resigned in April in the face of nationwide demonstrations against his two-decade long rule.

 

Dominica Nwabufo