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Jun 28, 2012

Algerian Qaeda commander believed killed in Mali

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian founding member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is believed to have been killed in clashes between Islamist militants and Tuareg-led separatist rebels in north Mali, Algeria’s Ennahar TV reported on Thursday.

One Algerian security source told Reuters he was trying to confirm the death of Belmokhtar, who headed one of AQIM’s two battalions in Algeria’s southern desert bordering Mali.

Jun 20, 2012

Algeria’s elite at loggerheads over next president

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s government has been paralyzed by arguments over who should be anointed as favorite to be the next president, exposing divisions within the ruling elite that could shatter the country’s fragile stability

The cohesion and control with which Algeria’s establishment runs the energy exporting former French colony has kept it steady even as its neighbors were buffeted by the “Arab Spring” upheavals over the past 18 months.

May 26, 2012

Islamists walk out of Algeria parliament in protest

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist lawmakers walked out of the inaugural session of Algeria’s parliament on Saturday to protest against an election they say was rigged to hand a majority to the ruling elite’s party.

Algeria, supplier of about a fifth of Europe’s imported gas, is the only country in north Africa left largely untouched by last year’s “Arab Spring” revolts, but some analysts predict unrest if the establishment does not loosen its grip on power.

May 11, 2012

Algeria ruling party snubs Arab Spring to win election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria on Friday declared its ruling party for the past 50 years the victor in a parliamentary election, going against the tide of the “Arab Spring” which has transformed 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.

May 11, 2012

Algeria declares ruling FLN winner of parliament vote

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.

May 11, 2012

Algeria to announce results of parliamentary election

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.

May 10, 2012

Islamists poised for strong showing in Algeria vote

ALGIERS (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.

May 7, 2012

Algeria’s new Islamists won’t rock the boat

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Moderate Islamist parties should emerge the winners of a parliamentary election in Algeria on Thursday but they are unlikely to push for substantial change in a country ruled by the same elite since independence half a century ago.

Islamists have already won a share of power in other countries in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings and an election victory would be a symbolic shift in Algeria, which has one of the most rigidly secularist elites in the Arab world.

Apr 25, 2012

Abstaining Algerian voters warned: God will punish you

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A prominent Muslim cleric in Algeria has issued a religious decree saying God will punish anyone who does not vote in a May 10 parliamentary election, a warning aimed at the large numbers planning to abstain from a vote they view as irrelevant.

Algeria’s authorities, under pressure to reform after last year’s “Arab Spring” revolts in neighbouring countries, say the vote will be more free and transparent than ever before. This though is met with scepticism by many ordinary Algerians.

Apr 23, 2012

Algeria ruling party mutiny reflects race for power

ALGIERS, April 23 (Reuters) – The party at the heart of
power since Algeria’s independence from France is convulsed by
an internal revolt that may be an early skirmish in the battle
to succeed 75-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Less than a month before the National Liberation Front,
known by its French initials FLN, competes in a parliamentary
election, an influential faction within the party has tried to
oust Secretary-General Abdelaziz Belkhadem.

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