Monday, April 19, 2004

Algeria: Bouteflika sworn in; Benflis resigns

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for his second term today. He promised to resolve the Berber dispute in the Kabylie region and help women by doing something about the Islamic family code. He also said the country should reduce its dependence on oil and gas and talked about partnerships and privatization of state-owned companies.

Ali Benflis resigned today as the FNL's secretary general (background here).