Abdelmalek Sellal

Abdelmalek Sellal (Arabic: عبد المالك سلال, romanizedʿAbd al-Mālik Silāl; born 1 August 1948) is an Algerian politician who was Prime Minister of Algeria from 3 September 2012 to 13 March 2014 when he took a leave of office to support President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's re-election campaign and again from April 2014 to May 2017.

Abdelmalek Sellal
عبد المالك سلال
Abdelmalek Sellal 2014-08-05.jpg
Prime Minister of Algeria
In office
29 April 2014 – 25 May 2017
PresidentAbdelaziz Bouteflika
Preceded byYoucef Yousfi (Acting)
Succeeded byAbdelmadjid Tebboune
In office
3 September 2012 – 13 March 2014
PresidentAbdelaziz Bouteflika
Preceded byAhmed Ouyahia
Succeeded byYoucef Yousfi (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1948-08-01) 1 August 1948 (age 73)
Constantine, Algeria
Political partyNational Liberation Front (1968–present)
Spouse(s)Farida Sellal

Life and careerEdit

Sellal was born on 1 August 1948[1] in Constantine, Algeria.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Prime Minister Sellal and Farida Sellal in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, 5 August 2014.

Sellal worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 1996 and was posted in Budapest as Ambassador to Hungary from 1996 to 1997. Subsequently, he was appointed to the government, serving as Minister of the Interior from 1998 to 1999, Minister of Youth and Sports from 1999 to 2001, Minister of Public Works from 2001 to 2002, Minister of Transport from 2002 to 2004, and Minister of Water Resources from 2004 to 2012.[citation needed]

Sellal was appointed as Prime Minister by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on 3 September 2012.[2] Sellal is regarded as a technocrat and was involved in Bouteflika's presidential election campaigns in 2004 and 2009.[3] He replaced Ahmed Ouyahia as Prime Minister.[4]

Sellal stepped down in March 2014 in order to lead the re-election campaign of the ailing President Bouteflika. After Bouteflika's victory, he reappointed Sellal as Prime Minister on 28 April 2014.

In June 2019, Sellal was remanded in custody by the country's supreme court as part of an anti-corruption investigation.[5]

In December 2019, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail.[6]

In March 2020, an appeals court upheld his sentence.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Prime ministers of Algeria". Rulers. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Le nouveau Premier ministre algérien s'engage à poursuivre les réformes". Libération (in French). 4 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ AFP: "Water minister Abdelmalek Sellal named new Algeria PM", Ahramonline, 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Algeria's new PM takes office". Gulf News. Algiers. AFP. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Abdelmalek Sellal remanded in custody". APS. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  6. ^ Ahmed, Hamid Ould (10 December 2019). "Two days before election, Algeria jails two ex-prime ministers". Reuters.
  7. ^ Ahmed, Hamid Ould (25 March 2020). "Algeria confirms jail sentences for two former PMs". Reuters.[dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Algeria
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Algeria
Succeeded by