A statement from the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday the dismissal of Major General Abdelkader Lounes, commander of the Algerian Air Force.
The ministry added that the chief of staff of the Algerian People’s National Army and Vice Minister of Defense Ahmed Said Salah will visit Algeria’s Air Command today. He will take advantage of the working visit to appoint Hamid Boumaiza as the head of the air force.
Since July, Algeria has dismissed several top military officials and prohibited them from leaving the country.
The cause of Algeria’s move to dismiss more than five senior military officials is not clear yet. However, local media reported that the officials might be involved in a case of trafficking 701 kilograms of cocaine in May.
News outlets also said that investigations are ongoing to determine whether the top officials are involved in drug trafficking and corruption.
Yesterday, Algerian outlet Observ Algerie reported that authorities also confiscated the passport of former Algerian prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
He has been ordered not to leave the country.
The former official was allegedly dismissed for his public criticism of the Algerian presidency. Algerian businessmen had accused Tebboune of obstructing their activities.