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New Algerian Premier Promises Austerity And Anti-Corruption Drive

Mr. Belaid Abdesselam, the new Algerian Prime Minister, has promised in hisfirst speech since his appointment to carry out an austerity program and a"merciless struggle" against corruption. The veteran Algerianpolitician also formed a new cabinet dominated by technocrats and appointed Mr.Hacen Mefti as the new Minister of Energy, replacing Mr. Nordine Ait-Laoussine.

During his 13-month tenure of the...