The director of the presidential office, Ahmed Ouyahia, was elected First Secretary of the RND, the second political force in Parliament. A plebiscite which confirmed his status as potential successor Bouteflika.
Ahmed Ouyahia, to be 63 years old next month, has already led the National Democratic Rally (RND) for 14 years, between December 1998 and January 2013.
At that time, he was forced to resign in particular by former Health Minister Yahia Guidoum who demanded his departure. He had justified his resignation by preserving party unity.
Today, back, acclaimed by the National Council, he succeeded Abdelkader Bensalah which he presented his resignation following a new internal crisis. Ahmed Ouyahia must now lead the party to hold its next congress in October 2015.
For a presidential alliance
In his remarks, Ahmed Ouyahia, having praised the work of his predecessor, announced that his party remains "fully committed alongside Abdelaziz Bouteflika" and reassures its "unwavering support in all areas and in all circumstances" . He insisted: "We will stay alongside brother Bouteflika as we have been during his election in 1998 and the troubled period of 2014." Last year was indeed disturbed by the wave of protests that followed announcement of a candidacy of the President, very weakened for a fourth term. He also called on the other parties that already support President to work together "in a pole intended to strengthen the support for President Bouteflika and to strengthen the voice of the majority. "
Successor of Bouteflika?
"Ouyahia is a statesman, he could become the next president of Algeria," said political scientist Farid Reuters Ferrahi. "But the list is open to other candidates," he added. Among the favorites to succeed circulate names including Abdelmalek Sellal, the current prime minister, who has just joined the FLN, or that of the diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi .
A 78-year-old had suffered Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April 2013 stroke that required three months hospitalization in Paris. He had finally been renewed in April at the head of Algeria, for a fourth five-year term, with 80% of votes. The question of his succession is monopolizing political debate due to his health problems.
By Jeune Afrique with AFP