Rabat – Interim president Abdelkader Bensallah recalled the Algerian ambassador to Morocco, Mohamed Salah Dembri, on Thursday, August 22. Dembri had been Algiers’ envoy in Rabat since 2009.
Algerian news outlet Ennahar Online reported that the interim president replaced Dembri with Abfelazi Benali Cheri as ambassador to Morocco.
Benali Cherif served before as the spokesperson of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition to Dembri, Bensalah recalled several other ambassadors, including Abdelkader Msdoua, who was posted in France. Bensalah replaced him with Abdellah Ba Ali.
Algeria also appointed Milat Toufik as a new ambassador to Spain and Tououahria Abdlekrim as ambassador to the UAE.
Algeria also recalled and replaced its ambassadors to Tunisia, the US, and the UK.
The purge of Algerian diplomats came suddenly without explanation from Algeria. It is not the first time, however, that Algeria has sacked a slew of officials after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Gaid Salah, the chief of the Algerian army, has sacked many military officials recently.
Khaled Nezzar, the former minister of defense in Algeria, accused Salah of “eliminating all” opposition figures.
“Gaid Salah prides himself on having a double cap and believes he can afford anything. This arises from a sick mind that should be reduced at all costs and quickly,” Nezzar recently said.