Question: Recently who has been appointed as the new President of Algeria after 20 years following political upheaval in the country?
(a) Abdelkader Bensalah
(b) Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(c) Mohamed Boudiaf
(d) Liamine Zéroual
- On 9 April 2019, President of the Council of the Nation (Upper House),Abdelkader Bensalah has been named as the interim President of Algeria.
- He is Algeria’s first new President in two decades.
- This appointment came after the resignation of long-serving former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika facing pro-democracy protest movement backed by Army.
- However, the appointment of upper house speaker Bensalah as Algeria’s first new president in 20 years failed to meet the demands of demonstrators.
- He will hold the office for a maximum of 90-days in accordance with Article 102 of Algerian constitution.
- Presidential elections in Algeria are scheduled to be held on 4 July 2019.
By Amar Mani Upadhyay