Algerian PM Abdelaziz Djerad announces resignation

Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad is pictured at his office in Algiers, Algeria.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad resigned on Thursday, opening the door for President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to name a new cabinet, state TV said.

A new government will have to tackle a deep financial and economic crisis due to a fall in oil prices.

Djerad’s resignation follows a parliamentary election on June 12 that was marked by a low turnout and no majority winner after two years of mass protests and political turmoil.

The military-dominated establishment believes replacing the parliament and constitution is the best way to end the biggest crisis in decade, a source said. The Hirak protest movement is demanding an uprooting of the entire system.

Algeria remains an important gas supplier to southern European countries, and is a U.S. partner in the fight against Islamist extremists in the region.

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