Algerian president names new government, keeps army chief

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria’s powerful army chief has retained his post in a newly-named government despite his call to have ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared unfit for office.Algerian national television announced Sunday night that Bouteflika and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui named a new government after weeks of mass protests and political tensions in this gas-rich North African country.The new government notably keeps Ahmed Gaid Salah as army chief of staff and vice defence minister.Gaid Salah shocked the nation with his call last week for the constitutional council to set in motion a process to end Bouteflika’s 20-year presidency. Gaid Salah suggested Saturday that unnamed figures were plotting against him.Millions of Algerians have been holding weekly protests demanding Bouteflika leave office.The Associated Press

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