ALGIERS, May 11 (Reuters) – Algeria on Friday declared its
ruling party for the past 50 years victor in a parliamentary
election, against the tide of the “Arab Spring” which has
transformed some of its neighbours.
The governing elite in Algeria, which supplies about a fifth
of Europe’s imported natural gas, had promised reform and a new
generation of leaders in response to last year’s upheavals in
the region, but the election preserved the status quo.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria was to announce the results on Friday of a parliamentary election which the ruling elite trumpeted as a gentler route to reform than the “Arab Spring” uprisings in neighbouring states.
Many observers predicted a strong showing for moderate Islamists – a result that would bring the energy exporter closer into line with the trend elsewhere in north Africa after last year’s revolts.
ALGIERS, May 11 (Reuters) – Results of an Algerian
parliamentary election to be announced on Friday were likely to
hand an unprecedented share of seats to moderate Islamists,
easing pressure for change in a country left behind by last
year’s “Arab Spring.”
But many people were mistrustful of promises from the ruling
elite – in power uninterrupted since independence 50 years ago -
that it was embarking on genuine democratic reform.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria votes on Thursday in a parliamentary election its rulers hope will deflect pressure for change after the “Arab Spring” upheavals, but many people will show their skepticism by abstaining.
Last year’s revolts in the region left Algeria largely untouched, but it is now under pressure to reform and renew the ageing establishment that has ruled the country without interruption since independence from France half a century ago.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s authorities say a parliamentary election on Thursday is a stepping stone towards a more democratic state, but many people do not believe their promises, expect only marginal change and will stay away from polling stations.
The north African country is under pressure to come into line with neighboring states, where “Arab Spring” uprisings last year pushed out autocratic leaders and are bringing hopes of genuine democracy for the first time.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Months after rebels brought down the extravagant dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, the disarray in Libya’s state finances at the end of last year was so bad the new leadership did not know the size of state assets, how their money was being spent, or what had happened to more than $2 billion transferred from the sovereign wealth fund.
An internal National Transitional Council (NTC) document paints a picture of a government bureaucracy so fractured and disorganized that nobody appeared able to keep track of what money was coming in, and how much was going out.
TRIPOLI, May 8 (Reuters) – - Months after rebels brought
down the extravagant dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, the
disarray in Libya’s state finances at the end of last year was
so bad the new leadership did not know the size of state assets,
how their money was being spent, or what had happened to more
than $2 billion transferred from the sovereign wealth fund.
An internal National Transitional Council (NTC) document
paints a picture of a government bureaucracy so fractured and
disorganised that nobody appeared able to keep track of what
money was coming in, and how much was going out.
TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, April 25 (Reuters) – It was a
homecoming. After boycotting all national elections for more
than a decade, Algeria’s oldest opposition party was back on the
campaign trail in its heartland.
But the rally at a soccer stadium in this Berber town was a
muted affair. About 1,500 people showed up, assembling around
the half-way line. When a party leader led chants of “the
authorities are assassins”, the sound echoed off empty seats.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria on Sunday launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hopes will soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the “Arab Spring” revolts in neighboring countries.
Oil and gas exporter Algeria is the only country in north Africa whose political system has remained essentially unchanged after the turmoil of last year when long-standing rulers were unseated in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ahmed Ben Bella helped lead Algeria’s fight for independence from France and after victory became its first president, a figure who symbolized the romance of the national liberation struggle before the harsh reality of running a country intruded.
He died on Thursday morning in the Algerian capital, aged 96, after an illness, the state-run news agency reported.