In a country where many have to queue for hours on end to get their hands on subsidised milk, a former presidential candidate in exile has revealed how the wife of Algeria’s foreign minister rents a luxury flat at Trump Tower for $25,000 per month.
Ghani Mahdi, formerly a presidential candidate, citing credible sources, described how Sabria Boukadoum threw a tantrum when asked to leave the state-provided residence, demanding that she be housed at Trump Tower or indefinitely squat the residence. Forcing the new ambassador and his family to stay in a hotel.
According to the allegations that shed light into the obscure practices of the Algerian regime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by her husband Sabri Boukadoun, approved the request for the luxury apartment rental that cost the state the equivalent of 4,525,000 Algerian Dinars, approximately 181 times the country’s minimum wage. In parallel, Sabria Boukadoum earns over $12,000 per month tax-free, excluding the various expenses such as bills, education of the children at private schools, drivers, plane tickets and other ad-hoc expenses, entirely paid for by the state.
The allegations come amid a complex economic outlook for the country characterised by rapidly falling foreign exchange reserves and endemic levels of corruption.
Sabri Boukadoum is the current foreign minister of Algeria. He was appointed by Said Bouteflika, the brother of disgraced president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is widely believed to have run the country in the shadows since his brother fell ill of a stroke. Said Bouteflika is currently in jail, accused of “plotting against the state”.
While ambassador at the U.N for many years, Sabri Boukadoum was denounced for taking on board his friend’s son, Mehdi Remaoun, as part of the Algerian U.N mission in New York. He had also been accused of using the political influence of his friend Said Bouteflika to have his wife, Sabria, relocated to New York as Algeria’s consul.