President Liamine Zeroual named Mokdad Sifi, Minister of Equipment, to form a new government. No reason was given for Mr Malek's resignation, which comes two days after Algeria accepted an IMF aid plan on the condition it moves towards a market economy.
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Algeria's Prime Minister, Redha Malek, who has presided over the bloodiest months of the country's Muslim insurgency, resigned yesterday, AP reports from Algiers.