In Algeria, President Chadli Benjedid has named Benhahmed Abedlghani as Prime Minister. Monsieur Abdelghani was?
GV EXTERIOR headquarters of Algerian National Liberation Front (TWO SHOTS)
SV sign above meeting room
GV INTERIOR party officials seated at table (FIVE SHOTS)
GV meeting in progress (SIX SHOTS)
GV members seated at conference tables (TWO SHOTS)
Along with the announcement of other posts, the Central Committee said that former Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika would become an Advisor to the President. The new Foreign Minister is Mohamed Seddick Benyahia, who was formerly Finance Minister.
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Background: In Algeria, President Chadli Benjedid has named Benhahmed Abedlghani as Prime Minister. Monsieur Abdelghani was formerly Minister of the Interior and will retain this position as well as his new responsibilities. The announcement came after a three-day meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling National Liberation Front -- the first of its kind since the death of former President Houari Boumedienne last December.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting started on Tuesday (6 March) and was designed to put the finishing touches on Algeria's new government. Observers in Algiers say that there had appeared to be a slowing-down of the organisation of Algeria's post-Boumedienne administration after the Party Congress in January, which approved the choice of Monsieur Benjedid as President, and elected the Central Committee.
These observers -- quoted by Reuters news agency -- also say there had been some dispute in Party circles prior to the Central Committee meeting, which revolved around the relationship between Party and state. During the Congress, a Soviet-style Politburo was approved, with Monsieur Benjedid as Secretary-General. Subsequently, questions arose as to whether members could be ministers or purely political directors.
But following the last Central Committee session on Thursday (8 March), it was announced that the "domination of the Party over the State had been re-affirmed."