ALGERIAN PRESIDENT INAUGURATES OPERA HOUSE

ALGIERS, -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has officially inaugurated the Algiers opera house, located in the Ouled Fayet suburb here.

The opera house i named after late Boualem Bessaih, a former diplomat, minister of State, special adviser and personal representative of the Republic, who passed away on July 28 this year.

China donated the opera house, built at a cost 30 million euros to Algeria on the occasion of Bouteflika's visit to that country in 2006. The foundation stone of the opera house was laid in 2012.

Covering an area of 35,000 square metres, the opera house includes a 1,400-seat auditorium, rehearsal rooms, stage and audiovisual equipment, technical workshops and various reception areas.

Thursday's inauguration ceremony was also attended by the President of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah, the President of the People's National Assembly (Lower House), Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, members of the Government, artistes and Bessaih's family members.

Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is on a private visit to Algeria, was also present at the inauguration ceremony.

Source: Nam News network