Algeria’s Supreme Court has ordered the detention of Ahmed Ouyahia in a corruption case, Algeria’s state media reported on Wednesday. Ouyahia, 66, is the most senior politician in the country to be jailed since protesters took to the streets earlier this year, calling for a new political system, improved living standards and the eradication of corruption. Read more: Algeria: Protesters keep up demand for political rehaul Hundreds of people celebrated Ouyahia’s detention outside the prison in an eastern suburb of Algiers, private TV channels showed. The former prime minister, who left the government in March as part of the cabinet reshuffle, is being probed in a number of graft cases, including “awarding illegal privileges.” Abdelghani Zaalane, Ouyahia’s transport minister, also appeared before the court on Wednesday. The two politicians are the latest senior Algerian politicians to be investigated for corruption. Ouyahia is the leader of the Democratic National Rally (RND), Algeria’s second largest party. High-profile arrests In February, mass protests broke out in Algeria, forcing former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign on April 2. Zaalane had been named campaign manager for Bouteflika for an April 18 presidential election, which was canceled as a result of the massive demonstrations. Watch video 02:01… Read full this story
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