CAN A MEMBER OF A MINORITY PARTY BECOME SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT? YES! IN ALGERIA BUT NOT IN NIGERIA

CAN A MEMBER OF A MINORITY PARTY BECOME SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT? YES! IN ALGERIA BUT NOT IN NIGERIA

The Algerian parliament has elected an Islamist opposition politician, Slimane Chenine, to be its new speaker. The governing FLN party, which holds a strong parliamentary majority, said it had put the national interest above its own by supporting Mr Chenine’s candidacy.

His predecessor, Mouad Bouchareb, who was a staunch supporter of former long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned last week after months of protests calling for him to step down.

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