Algerian Parliament Elects Islamist Speaker Amid Efforts to Widen National Dialogue

 Algerian lawmakers have elected a reputedly moderate Islamist political figure as their new parliament speaker to replace the veteran ruling party loyalist, who recently stepped down. Slimane Chenine was elected amid friction between the military and parts of the opposition movement, as efforts intensify to widen national dialogue talks aimed at easing tensions and electing a new president.The new Algerian speaker of parliament, Slimane Chenine, received a round of applause from lawmakers after expressing his support for both the country's popular uprising and its armed forces.He said that at this...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Thursday, 11 July

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