March 28, 2023

It is likely that Abdelmajid Tebboune, the president of Algeria, has reached an agreement with the military that allows him to “dethrone” his rivals and run for a second presidential term next year.

There are reports of Tebboune’s next attempt to overthrow his rival for the leadership of Algeria, one of the pillars of the Algerian political system, the current foreign minister, Ramadan Lamamra, and replace him with the ministry’s general secretary, Ammar. Blaney.

Observers have speculated that Lamamra may have a potential candidate in the 2024 presidential election running against Tebbun.

In his latest media post, the Algerian president left a vague reference to “people waiting for the 2024 date”, sparking debate over whether it was intended to “prepare a wing in power for a new candidate.”

What corroborates this news is Lamamra’s absence from the diplomatic scene for the past two weeks while Blaney oversees foreign officials visiting Algeria and the diplomatic activities organized at the ministry’s headquarters.

Lamamra was also absent from the 159th regular session of the Council of the Arab League at the level of foreign ministers, which was held last Wednesday in Cairo.

This is confirmed by the fact that the official Algerian media did not cover Lamamra’s meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Denise Jenkins during her March 7 visit to Algiers.

Photographs released by this US official reveal the meeting. Otherwise, Lamamra’s last official activity, covered by the Algerian official media, dates back to February 23, when he received credentials from the ambassadors of Bulgaria, Guinea-Bissau and Peru.

And Africa Intelligence said, according to a report in Al-Quds al-Arabi, that a dispute arose between him and President Abdelmajid Tebbun’s entourage after the president refused to approve his list. for the movement of ambassadors and consuls.

According to this website, the failure to agree on several names to represent Algerian diplomacy abroad led to a rift between the presidency and Lamamra.

Lamamra is expected to be removed from office as a result of a cabinet reshuffle that Tebbun will announce in the coming days. Thus, since 2017, three ministers have taken office in the Algerian Foreign Ministry: Abdelkader Messahel, Sabri Boukadoum and Ramtan Lamamra.

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