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Algeria president is not preparing brother for succession: Ouyahia

Algeria is not Egypt, the former PM has said, referring to Hosni Mubarak's previous attempt to pass on power to his son Gamal

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jun 2015
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, and his brother, Said Bouteflika, arrive at his campaign headquarters in the Hydra district of Algiers, a day after the Algerian presidential election, 2009. (Photo: AP)
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Former Algerian prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia has said that Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is not grooming his younger brother and advisor Said to be his successor, France 24 reported.

"The Algerian people will not accept a monarchy," Ouyahia told the press upon his re-election as the secretary-general of the National Rally for Democracy party, the second most important party in Algeria after the ruling party. Neither would the president, he said.

As well as being the president's special adviser, 58-year-old Said Bouteflika is also a university professor.

"Algeria is not Egypt," Ouyahia said, referring to Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak's attempt to hand over his presidency to his son Gamal, one of the factors that sparked the January 2011 popular uprising that  toppled him.

Bouteflika, who was first elected to presidential office in 1999, will remain the president of Algeria till the end of his fourth tenure in 2019, the former prime minister said.  

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