Algeria picks new premier

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The Independent Online
ALGIERS (Reuter) - Algeria yesterday appointed Belaid Abdesselam, the man who led the nationalisation of the country's oilfields, as prime minister to replace Sid Ahmed Ghozali.

Mr Ghozali resigned earlier yesterday, 10 days after President Mohamed Boudiaf was assassinated and later replaced by Ali Kafi, a member of the collective presidency. The presidency said Mr Abdesselam would name his government 'within days' and meanwhile Mr Ghozali would continue as caretaker.

Mr Abdesselam, 64, was on the provisional executive of the National Liberation Front at the time of independence in 1962.

Meanwhile, a prosecutor said only one man, Lembarek Boumaraf, appeared to have been be involved in the assassination of Mr Boudiaf.