March 14, 2019 / 10:21 AM / 4 months ago

Algerian PM says new government will be in charge for a "short period of time"

Algeria's newly appointed prime minister, Noureddine Bedoui, speaks during a joint news conference with deputy prime minister Ramtane Lamamra, in Algiers, Algeria March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria’s new prime minister, Noureddine Bedoui, said on Thursday that his government would be in charge for a “short period of time” and would support the work of a national conference for a political transition.

An independent commission will oversee Algeria’s presidential election, he also told a news conference in Algiers.

Ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika decided not to run for a fifth term in the face of mass demonstrations. Bedoui was appointed premier this week after his predecessor Ahmed Ouyahia resigned.

Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed, Writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Gareth Jones

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