ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria is a young country ruled by old men.
A generation of leaders who won their spurs during Algeria’s 1954-62 independence war against France remains in power, having defeated a violent challenge by armed Islamists in the 1990s and, at least for now, seen off the rebellious spirit that toppled Arab autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya last year.
Among the old guard is President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 75, who has served three terms and is thought unlikely to seek a fourth, if only for undisclosed health reasons.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria is cracking down on illegal street vendors despite the risk of popular unrest, signaling confidence that it can remain unscathed by uprisings that have toppled Arab rulers elsewhere.
The first revolt was ignited in neighboring Tunisia where Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed vegetable seller, burnt himself to death in December 2010 after police harassed him.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Seven Algerian diplomats abducted by Islamist rebels in northern Mali in April have been freed, an Algerian security source and a Malian Islamist source said on Friday, a move that could ease tension along the volatile border.
“They are all safe and should be back home very soon,” the security source said, adding that the seven consisted of a consul and six consular staff who were based 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.