Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Algeria: General Lamari resigns

It's official ...
The powerful head of the Algerian army, General Mohamed Lamari, resigned for health reasons, an official statement said, following recent speculation that he was about to step down.

[... President Abdelaziz] Bouteflika named General Salah Ahmed Gaid, commander of ground forces, to replace Lamari as military chief of staff, a statement from the president's office said.

[...] Lamari was noticeably absent from public view during a recent high-profile visit here by French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie July 16 to 18 [....]

Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni at the time said only that he was on vacation, without elaborating, which triggered speculation about the future of a man until recently considered one of Algeria's strong men. (source)