Details have been emerging about the sudden dismissal last month of Adelhak Bouhafs, the president of Algeria’s state-owned oil company, Sonatrach.
Reportedly, it was related to a disagreement he had with the country’s minister of energy and mines, Chakib Khelil, over a new hydrocarbons bill.
According to sources, Bouhafs took exception to a clause in the bill, which would limit the separation between the roles of the government and the company, in opposition to a position assumed Bouhafs. Khelil used the disagreement as an excuse for ridding himself of the maverick oil company executive.
Its not the first time that readiness to make a stand has gotten him into trouble. In 1995, after serving as the Sonatrach head for six years, Bouhaf was forced to resign after disagreeing with then minister of energy, Ould Makhloufi. When Abdel Aziz Bouteflika became president, he re-appointed him as head of the company.
In the meantime, until a new Sonatrach president is appointed, Khelil will act as interim president. – (Albawaba-MEBG)
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