Ahmed Ouyahia appeared in court as part of anti-graft investigations which have also swept up other key ministers who once formed part of the ‘deep state’ that ruled Algeria from independence in 1962.
Former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, replaced in March, was the latest person held in a sweeping anti-corruption campaign amid a people's revolt to do away with the era led by ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
After weeks-long demonstrations forced president Bouteflika out of office on April 2, protesters have continued mass demonstrations every Friday, demanding other members of the country's elite also give way.
Algerian state TV said five billionaires, including the country’s richest businessman Issad Rebrab and four brothers from the Kouninef family, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation.
Algerians protest on seventh straight Friday against a leadership seen as corrupt and repressive despite Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation this week under pressure from protesters and the powerful army.
Noureddine Bedoui was speaking at a news conference in Algiers after ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika decided not to run for a fifth term in the face of mass demonstrations.
Demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika enter third week posing biggest challenge to ailing 82-year-old leader, who has ruled for 20 years and is standing for re-election on April 18.
Algeria’s current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika might be 81-years old and ailing, but that may not stop him for running for a fifth term.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touched down in Algeria, the first leg of the trip that he described as "historic" and that will see him also visit Mauritania, Senegal and Mali.
The move came after Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him.
The Algerian government must adopt steps to counter the massive disinterest in the democratic system, and regain the trust of a people who are living in conditions that are ripe for slipping into a struggle for revolution
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's National Liberation Front and the National Rally for Democracy were widely expected to win against a divided opposition. And they did.
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