On behalf of the President of the Republic, Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defence, and in accordance with the Presidential Decree of 1st August 2021, the Lieutenant General Saïd CHANEGRIHA, Chief of Staff of People's National Army, chaired, this Tuesday 3rd August 2021, the handover ceremony and the installation of Brigadier General Ali OUELHADJ Yahia in the functions of the new Commander of National Gendarmerie in succession to the Major General GOUASSEMIA Noureddine.
At the beginning and after the welcoming ceremony, the Lieutenant General observed at the entrance to the headquarters of the Command, a minute’s silence in memory of the Chahid “Larbi Ben M'hidi”, whose seat of Command of the National Gendarmerie bears the name, and laid a wreath of flowers in front of the commemorative stele, before reciting the Fatiha in his memory and that of our valiant Chouhada.
The ceremony began with a review of the squares of the National Gendarmerie staff, aligned at the level of the place of arms, before the Lieutenant General announced the official installation of the new Commander of the National Gendarmerie:
“On behalf of the President of the Republic, Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defence and in accordance with the Presidential Decree of 1st August 2021, I officially install Brigadier General Ali OUELHADJ Yahia as Commander of the National Gendarmerie in succession to the Major General GOUASSEMIA Noureddine.
For this purpose, I order you to exercise under his authority and carry out his orders and instructions in the interest of the service, in accordance with the military regulations and the Republic’s laws in force, and out of fidelity to the sacrifices of our valiant Chouhada and the values of our Glorious Revolution of Liberation.”
Then, the Lieutenant General proceeded to the handover of the national emblem to the new Commander of the National Gendarmerie, and approved the minutes of the handover of power.
At the end of the handover ceremony, the Lieutenant General held a meeting with the executives and the staff of the National Gendarmerie, where he delivered, on the occasion, an orientation speech , through which he stressed that the plots and manoeuvres that are being hatched against Algeria, and which he has never ceased to warn on many occasions, are not the fruit of the imagination as some sceptics claim, but are an obvious and manifest reality, which the Army will be able to thwart, supported in this mission by the valiant Algerian people:
“I would like to underline on this occasion, that the plots and manoeuvres being hatched against Algeria, and the conspiracies built against its people, of which we have never ceased to warn on many occasions, are not the result of imagination as some skeptics claim, but are now an obvious and manifest reality, the undersides of which are known to all. The intense and relentless campaign targeting our country and its Army, through certain foreign media forums and social networks, is only the emerged part of this treacherous war declared against Algeria, as revenge for its steadfast positions towards right causes, its commitment to preserve its national sovereignty, and its free decisions free from any form of submission or subjection.
To this purpose, precisely, I stress once again that People's National Army will be able to face all those who are watching our country to carry out their malicious plans, supported in this noble mission by the valiant Algerian people.”
The Lieutenant General has also addressed the admirable testimonies of solidarity displayed by our people in recent days, following the worrying spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, through his mobilization alongside the institutions of his State, in a collective drive to minimize the impact of this health situation, by helping patients and public health professionals:
“From this gallery, I review with you, with great pride, the beautiful images of solidarity shown by our people in recent days, further to the worrying spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, through its mobilization alongside the institutions of its State, in a commendable collective effort aiming to minimizing the fallout from this health situation, by lending a hand to patients and public health professionals, in a huge popular drive. This great quality of solidarity is not foreign to this authentic people, in the face of which the barbarian colonizer failed, for a century and a third of a century, with all his power and cruelty, to extinguish the flame of the Revolution in his collective mind or to erase its values and its ancestral national identity. A people of firm will and resolute determination, who cannot be fooled, deceived or duped by any party, however cunning and malicious, to push through their underhanded plans and projects.
The mobilization of all the fringes of the children of this homeland, alongside their brothers of People's National Army, worthy heir to the National Liberation Army, disturbs and worries the enemies, who know full well that their desperate attempts will not succeed, as long as the people and their Army are united, and their ranks are aligned on the same front, men and women, like an unshakeable bulwark against the conspirators who will never succeed in defiling this pure land”.
The Lieutenant General of the Army closed his speech by expressing his optimism about the future of the new Algeria which is blazing its way, despite the economic conditions, with sure steps towards the right port:
“From what precedes, it only remains for me to express to you, with great pride, my optimism about the promising future of New Algeria which is blazing its way, under the Command of the President of the Republic, Chief Supreme of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defence, with firm steps on the right track and towards the right destination, thanks to the conscience of the Algerian people and their solidarity with the institutions of their State and their Army, which has always known, in times of crisis, to preserve the security and stability of the country, and to safeguard its territorial and popular unity. A sacred duty and a solemn oath incumbent on us all, out of fidelity to the immeasurable sacrifices of our valiant Chouhada.”