Monday, 6 September 2010

Algiers governor and old Zerhouni ally 'to quit'

Mohamed Kébir Addou is to step down as governor (wali) of Algiers in the next local government reshuffle, according to the Tout sur l’Algérie (TSA) website. He is close to deputy prime minister Nourredine Zerhouni, and his departure could be a consequence of the weakened position of the former interior minister, according to TSA. On the other hand, Addou is retiring, and it could simply be a reflection of the fact that the older generation in Algerian politics is simply getting old.

Addou was installed as mayor of Algiers by Zerhouni in September 2004, and he was one of the most powerful mayors in Algeria. However, his record “was not brilliant”, says TSA, pointing out that the capital city experienced rising levels of insecurity, large numbers of protests over housing problems (especially in Diar Echems and Bab el Oued), sanitation problems, and “anarchy in the majority of sectors”. Unlike Rudi Giuliani in New York, it seems he was unable to turn the capital around.

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