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Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new chief at energy firm Sonatrach

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state energy
firm Sonatrach named its fourth chief executive in two years on
Thursday, bringing new disruption to a company that supplies a
large share of Europe’s gas but is struggling to get new
exploration projects off the ground.

Nourredine Cherouati, appointed chief executive just 18
months ago in the wake of a corruption scandal, was replaced by
Abdelhamid Zerguine, a one-time vice-president in the firm who
until now ran a Sonatrach affiliate in Switzerland.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new Sonatrach chief executive

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria Sonatrach CEO to be replaced – govt sources

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 14, 2011

Most looted missiles still in Libya: U.S. official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Most of Libya’s missing stocks of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles are still in the country but they need to be secured before they are smuggled to militants outside Libya, a U.S. official said on Monday.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had about 20,000 of the missiles. Many of them were looted during the conflict that ended his rule, prompting concern that they could end up in the hands of al Qaeda’s north African branch.

Nov 9, 2011

Algeria counts cost of cool response to Libya revolt

ALGIERS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Border guards loyal to Libya’s
new rulers were waving travellers through the Ras Jdir crossing
from Tunisia into Libya one day last month, until a man
approached their checkpoint and handed them his Algerian
passport.

“Go back to where you came from,” the border guard told the
owner of the passport, in an exchange witnessed by a Reuters
journalist. “I do not need to waste my time talking to
Algerians.”

Oct 28, 2011

Fresh post-vote clashes in cradle of Tunisia’s revolt

TUNIS (Reuters) – Troops fired into the air on Friday to disperse a crowd trying to attack government offices in the town where the “Arab Spring” uprising began, hours after an Islamist party was declared winner of Tunisia’s first free election.

The Ennahda party, which was banned for decades and its leaders forced to flee abroad, will lead Tunisia’s new government after an election victory likely to set a template for other Middle Eastern states rocked by uprisings this year.

Oct 27, 2011
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Tunisia’s secular women fret over the rise of Islamism

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(Womens' rights supporters protest against hardline Salafists in Tunis, October 16, 2011/Zoubeir Souissi)

When hundreds of Tunisians drove through the capital sounding their horns and waving scarves this week to celebrate the election victory of an Islamist party, there was little jubilation in the Ennasr neighbourhood. With its chic boutiques and upmarket cafes, this suburb is a bastion of a segment of Tunisian society left feeling marginalised and even a little fearful by the election result.

Oct 26, 2011

Tunisian Islamists to propose their man for PM’s job

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party said on Wednesday it would put forward one of its officials for the prime minister’s job, after it scored a resounding victory in the first election after the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

It reassured secularists and investors, nervous about the prospect of Islamists holding power in one of the Arab world’s most liberal countries, by saying it would not stop tourists wearing bikinis on the beaches or impose Islamic banking.

Oct 26, 2011

Tunisia Islamists send business-friendly message after victory

TUNIS (Reuters) – The Islamist leader whose party is now Tunisia’s most powerful political force met stock market executives on Wednesday to send the message that the government ushered in by the “Arab Spring” revolt will be business friendly.

Officials were still tabulating results from Sunday’s election — the first democratic vote in Tunisia’s history — but the moderate Islamist Ennahda party is on course to be declared the winner by a wide margin.

Oct 26, 2011

Islamists head for win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s moderate Islamist party on Tuesday claimed a thumping victory in the country’s first election, sending a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the “Arab Spring.”

With election officials still counting ballots from Sunday’s vote — the first to follow as a result of the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region — the Ennahda party said its own tally showed it had won. Several of its biggest rivals conceded defeat.