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Government Moves to Lessen State Control Over Industry

November 18, 1987

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ President Chadli Bendjedid on Tuesday reorganized his Cabinet and announced he was getting rid of the Planning Ministry, which had long supervised the country’s economy.

The abolition of the Planning Ministry was part of Bendjedid’s program to reduce state control of industry and gradually dismantle the ″socialist revolution″ which guided state policy under his predecessor, the late Houari Boumedienne.

Industrial corporations in the oil-rich African nation are to be made increasingly independent and responsible for their own planning.

Bendjedid has veered away from many of the hard-line policies of Boumedienne, who died in 1978. Bendjedid was re-elected for a second 5-year term in 1984.

The statement said Prime Minister Abdelhamid Brahimi would assume functions of the Planning Ministry. Planning Minister Ali Oubouzar was assigned to unspecified ″other duties.″

The Ministry for Social Protection also was abolished and its functions incorporated into the Ministry of Labor. The Social Protection Ministry dealt with women’s and children’s affairs and special programs for the handicapped, the unemployed and other underprivileged groups in the nation of 23 million.

Mohand Cherif Amokrane, the American-educated secretary-general in the Ministry of Light Industry, was promoted to minister of foreign trade, the only newcomer to the Cabinet.

Amokrane, 48, will be one of Algeria’s youngest ministers. He replaces Mostefa Ben Amar, who became minister of education.

The only two women in Bendjedid’s Cabinet, Education Minister Z’hor Ounissi and Leila Ettayeb, the deputy minister for secondary education, were also assigned to unspecified ″other duties.″

In 1962, Algeria became independent from France after 130 years of colonial rule.

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