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Algeria accuses French Envoy Gouyette of interfering in domestic politics

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Ambassador of France to Algeria François Gouyette to stop meeting with opposition leaders, notably those linked to the Hirak movement.

Algiers [Algeria], April 13: Algerian government on Monday accused Ambassador of France to Algeria François Gouyette of interfering in the Algerian domestic affairs, meeting with opposition leaders of the Hirak movement, at a time when President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is receiving medical treatment.

In an interview with the Arabic Post, Algerian Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson Ammar Belhimer urged Ambassador of France to Algeria François Gouyette to stop meeting with opposition leaders, notably those linked to the Hirak movement.

The Minister warned that Algeria would “take the necessary measures to correct the situation if that does not happen.”

“We regret these various statements, which do not reflect the quality of our bilateral relations or the drive to strengthen them, supported at the highest level by the authorities of our two countries. The ambassador of France to Algeria conducts his mission with full respect for Algeria’s sovereignty. He works to strengthen our bilateral relations, in accordance with the wishes of the French authorities,” Belhimer said.

Algerian lawmaker Amira Salim, from the Democratic National Rally, condemned the moves and behaviors of the French ambassador and termed “suspicious meetings” being conducted by Francois Gouyette

“The French ambassador is taking advantage of our political vacuum to spread chaos and incitement, No for the transitional period whatsoever the cost is,” lawmaker Salim said, Anadolu reported.

The transitional period terminology rises in Algeria when there is a political crisis by which it implies dissolving the country’s elected institutions and replacing them with a Constituent Council that drafts a new constitution before running another presidential and parliamentary elections.

She added that Gouyette received in his embassy officials publicizing for a transitional period in Algeria under the pretext of freedom to political expression.

“I call upon the Foreign Minister to summon the French ambassador and to protest over his unacceptable behaviors,” Salim said.

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