Abdelmadjid Tebboune is an Algerian politician currently serving as the President of Algeria since December 2019 and as Minister of Defence.
24 Facts About Abdelmadjid Tebboune
Abdelmadjid Tebboune took over the power from former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and former Acting Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune was born on 17 November 1945 in Mecheria, in the current Naama Province, in Algeria, back then Ain-Sefra territory.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune comes from a family from the commune of Boussemghoun, currently in El Bayadh Province, located in the region of the High Plains of southwest Algeria.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune's father was a sheikh member of the Association of Algerian Muslim Ulema.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune is married to Fatima Zohra Bella, and has five children: Saloua, Maha, Salaheddine Ilyes, Mohamed and Khaled.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune was the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning from 2001 to 2002.
The appointment of Abdelmadjid Tebboune was considered surprising by Algerian political elites, who had expected Sellal to be reappointed.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune served as Prime Minister for less than three months.
On 8 January 2020, Abdelmadjid Tebboune established a "commission of experts" composed of 17 members responsible for examining the previous constitution and making any necessary revisions.
On 4 July 2020, Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced that the referendum would occur in September or October 2020.
In October 2020, Abdelmadjid Tebboune was tested positive for COVID-19 and flew to Germany for treatment.
On 10 January 2021, Abdelmadjid Tebboune flew back to Germany for treatment of complications in his foot resulting from the COVID-19 infection.
On 18 February 2021, Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced changes to the cabinet.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune dismissed the Minister of Energy, the Minister of Industry, and the Minister of Water Resources among others.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune dissolved the lower house of the Algerian Parliament and called early legislative elections within six months.
In July 2021, Abdelmadjid Tebboune formed a new government with Ayman Benabderrahmane as Prime Minister.
On 28 July 2021, Abdelmadjid Tebboune stated that Algeria offers Libya "total assistance," as he was hosting Mohammad Younes el-Menfi, the president of Libya's Presidency Council.
On 8 December 2021, French minister of foreign affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Abdelmadjid Tebboune held a meeting.
On 24 January 2022, Abdelmadjid Tebboune visited Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo.
On 26 May 2022, during a state visit to Rome, Abdelmadjid Tebboune agreed to increase gas supply for Italy and Europe after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In September 2022, Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a further diversification of Algeria's economy to increase non-hydrocarbon exports.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune stated that "the goal we set is to achieve exports from outside oil and gas at $7 billion for the current year".
On 18 December 2022, Abdelmadjid Tebboune met with French Minister of Interior Gerald Darmanin in Algiers.