Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has dismissed two senior generals Said Bey and Lahbib Chentouf, who had been in charge of the first and second military regions.

Algeria has six military regions.

The dismissal came ahead of a presidential election next year.

A presidency statement did not give a reason for the action which came two months after Bouteflika sacked the North African country’s powerful police chief, Abdelghani Hamel.

He also fired in June Menad Nouba, who was in charge of the gendarmerie, a separate security unit controlled by the army.

State media gave no reason for those dismissals at the time, but they triggered speculation by observers and local media about power struggles within Algeria’s opaque political, military and business elite ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

The ruling FLN party has urged Bouteflika, who has been wheelchair-bound and rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, to run for a fifth term.

The veteran leader, in office since 1999, has not said yet whether he will stand.

General Ali Sidane, who was the director of the Cherchell military academy, will replace Chentouf, and general Meftah Sawab who served as chief of the sixth military region will replace Bey, a statement said.

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