March 14, 2019 / 10:15 AM / 7 months ago

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

ALGIERS, March 14 (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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