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Secretary-General of Algeria’s ruling party resigns

Former Secretary-General of Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes in Algiers, Algeria on 11 May 2012 [Farouk Batiche/AFP/GettyImages]
Former Secretary-General of Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes in Algiers, Algeria on 11 May 2012 [Farouk Batiche/AFP/GettyImages]

The Secretary-General of Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes resigned for “health reasons” yesterday, APS news agency reported an unnamed official source as saying.

According to the source, Parliament Speaker Mouad Bouchareb will temporarily replace Abbes until the party decides who will succeed him.

Ould Abbes took office in October 2016; replacing former Secretary-General Amaar Saadani who also abruptly resigned.

According to party sources, who spoke to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity, Bouchareb will head the party for a transitional period of 45 days until the party holds an extraordinary conference to elect a new chief.

The same sources said Ould Abbes came to office as usual before suffering a severe heart attack and was taken to the Ain Al-Nuja military hospital in the capital for treatment.

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