What Happened: Algeria's parliament has chosen opposition leader Slimane Chenine to replace Moad Bouchareb of the ruling National Liberation Front to become the new speaker of parliament, TSA reported July 11.
Why It Matters: Chenine's appointment as the first Algerian opposition leader to lead the country's parliament illustrates the opposition's attempts to gain power in a moment of political flux.
Background: Chenine has an Islamist background, although he is not considered a radical, which reflects some of the voting preferences of Algeria's population.
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