Algeria's Bouteflika replaces energy, finance ministers

The reshuffling of officials in the government is Bouteflika's third since his re-election to a fourth five-year term in 2014Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika replaced the energy and finance ministers on Saturday in a surprise reshuffle a year after they were appointed. A statement from Bouteflika’s office made the announcement but gave no reason for the changes which come as Algeria faces an economic crisis because of falling oil revenues. Noureddine Boutarfa, an engineer who headed the powerful state electricity and gas company Sonelgaz for a decade, took over the energy ministry from Salah Khebri.

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