December 23, 2019 / 10:13 AM / 2 months ago

Algeria's president appoints General Said Chengriha as acting army chief

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has appointed General Said Chengriha as the acting head of the armed forces after the death of Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Saleh, the presidency said on Monday.

Gaed Salah’s death was announced earlier on Monday. Chengriha is the head of Algeria’s land forces in a country where the military holds a major political role.

Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Alison Williams

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