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Algerian president says will reshuffle cabinet within 48 hours

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday called for the dissolution of parliament and early legislative elections after expressing dissatisfaction with the government.

Compiled from news agencies WORLD
Published February 18,2021
(Photo by - / CANAL ALGERIE / AFP)

Algeria's president on Thursday announced the dissolution of the country's lower chamber of parliament, the National People's Assembly, and that early parliamentary elections would be held.

In a televised address, Abdelmadjid Tebboune said a government reshuffle would take place within 48 hours.

The president's speech coincided with the Day of the Martyr, which commemorates those who fought and died in the North African nation's resistance movement against French colonialism.

The speech also coincided with renewed calls for demonstrations to mark the second anniversary of popular protests that ended the 20-year rule of Tebboune's predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.