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Sep 22, 2015

Ex-fighter’s calls for Algeria Islamist party stir ghosts of past

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A former Islamist guerrilla fighter’s plans to enter politics have fanned fears of instability in Algeria, more than two decades after the army halted an expected election victory by his allies and plunged the country into war.

The debate over the new ambitions of Madani Mezrag, who spent the 1990s in the mountains fighting the military before surrendering his rifle in a truce, highlights the uneasy role of Islamist parties in North Africa after the Arab Spring revolts.

Sep 16, 2015

Algeria spy chief’s ouster renews debate over presidency

ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s ousting of a powerful spy chief once regarded as Algeria’s “kingmaker” has strengthened the veteran leader’s allies and revived speculation over how long he plans to stay in power.

As head of the DRS military intelligence service for two decades, Mohamed Mediene was seen by the public only in rare grainy photographs but won a reputation as a power broker so influential that one of his nicknames was “King of Algeria”.

Sep 13, 2015

Algeria’s Bouteflika replaces powerful head of military intelligence

ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday replaced the long-standing head of Algeria’s military intelligence agency, in his latest move in a campaign to curb the spy chief’s influence in politics.

The removal of Mohamed Mediene, chief of the DRS intelligence service for more than two decades, sidelines a powerful figure in past behind-the-scenes political power struggles in Algeria.

Sep 10, 2015

Algeria’s Bouteflika sacks generals to curb power of military intelligence

ALGIERS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika has sacked several top generals, security sources
say, in his latest move to curb the power of the DRS military
intelligence service which has long influenced politics from
behind the scenes.

The purged generals included the head of presidential
security and the director of internal security, the sources

Jul 19, 2015

Algeria says nine soldiers killed in attack claimed by al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – At least nine Algerian soldiers were killed when Islamist militants ambushed their patrol west of the capital Algiers last week in one of the deadliest attacks in months, the defense ministry said on Sunday.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed Friday’s attack in the Ain Defla region in a statement posted on a social media account that often releases its communiques.

Jun 10, 2015

Loyalist of Algeria’s Bouteflika named chief of ruling coalition party

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s cabinet director and loyal backer Ahmed Ouyahia was elected as the new leader of one of the two ruling parties on Wednesday, confirming his status of potential presidential successor.

Speculation over Bouteflika’s health since he suffered a stroke two years ago, and whether he will be able to end his fourth term in 2019, is fuelling debate over who might replace the independence veteran who has been in office since 1999.

May 29, 2015

Algeria’s ruling parties shore up backing of ailing president

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s main ruling parties are reinforcing their backing for ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as lower world oil prices eat into the budget of the North African OPEC state, analysts said on Friday.

The parties’ reshuffle follows a cabinet shake-up of new ministers by Bouteflika. He was re-elected to a fourth term last year but has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke two years ago.

May 24, 2015

Algeria’s Sonatrach appoints new chief executive

ALGIERS, May 24 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state energy firm
Sonatrach has named Amine Mazouzi as its new chief executive to
replace interim head Said Sahnoun, who had been appointed less
than a year ago, two industry sources said on Sunday.

Mazouzi, a younger-generation manager in Sonatrach’s
production development department, will take the helm as the
North African country seeks to draw more foreign oil investment
and offset a fall in world crude prices.

May 14, 2015

Algeria’s Bouteflika announces sweeping cabinet shakeup

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday named new energy, finance and interior ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle, as the North African energy producer confronts a fall in oil prices and several high-profile corruption trials.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, a key Bouteflika political ally, kept his post, as did the deputy defense minister. But there were top ministerial changes to the government Sellal leads, official state news agency APS said.

May 11, 2015

Wary of disorder in Libya and Mali, Algerian army targets southern smuggling

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Fearing armed chaos in neighboring Libya and renewed conflict in Mali, Algeria’s army is shifting focus from fighting Islamist militants at home to the Sahel border smuggling that feeds them in the region.

Since last month, the Algerian military says it has arrested more than 650 suspected smugglers on its borders with Libya, Mali and Niger in a campaign to tighten the largely desolate and trackless desert frontiers with the Sahel to its south.

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