Algerian president urges dialogue over the economic crisis

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BBC World Service

The Algerian president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has urged his government to open a dialogue with different social partners, as unrest continues over the economic crisis in the country.

A government statement said Mr Tebboune had told his cabinet to engage more widely to find ways to improve the lives of employees in the education and health sectors.

Algeria is preparing for legislative elections in June, against a background of regular street protests over the government’s failure to address unemployment of 15% soaring prices and food shortages.