ALGERIA: Embattled Bouteflika appoints new government

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, after weeks of protests to demand his resignation.

State TV reports 21 of the country’s 27 ministers have been replaced.

Noureddine Bedoui will remain as prime minister, says Ennahar TV.

President Bouteflika keeps his title as defence minister, just days after Algeria’s powerful army chief, Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah, urged the ailing president to stand down.

Other new cabinet members include Sabri Boukadoum who will reportedly replace Ramtane Lamamra as foreign minister.

Mohamed Arkab will take over from Mutapha Guitouni as energy minster, while finance minister Abderrahamane Rouia has been replaced by central bank governor Mohamed Loukal.

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