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Opec insiders reel as key minister gets the boot during meeting

Algeria's prime minister ousted, prompting a Cabinet reshuffle, a day before the Opec meeting in Vienna

Mr Boutarfa rose to prominence in September when he hosted an extraordinary meeting in Algiers where Opec reached a preliminary accord to curb production.


AS Opec ministers gathered in Vienna on Thursday to agree a nine-month extension of their oil-supply pact, the man credited with bringing about the landmark deal learnt from a news broadcast that he had been fired.

The story broke as Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine

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