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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.

Apr 11, 2012

First president of independent Algeria dies: state media

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.

Apr 11, 2012

Algeria’s frosty business climate may thaw

ALGIERS, April 11 (Reuters) – After a three-year campaign
against one of its biggest foreign investors chilled Algeria’s
business climate, the country is sending out tentative signals
that it may be ready for a thaw.

A period of aggressive economic nationalism, symbolised by
the state’s drive to take control of the Djezzy mobile phone
business owned by Amsterdam-headquartered Vimpelcom, has
failed to create the jobs demanded by the population.

Apr 5, 2012

Algeria-Vimpelcom talks sour over fine – sources

ALGIERS, April 5 (Reuters) – Vimpelcom is
considering going to international arbitration after talks with
Algeria on the future of its Djezzy telecoms unit were soured by
the government imposing a $1.25 billion fine, an Algerian
official and a source close to the Russian firm said.

The two sides were close to concluding a deal under which
the Algerian state would have acquired a 51 percent stake in the
Djezzy mobile phone business from Vimpelcom, ending a prolonged
row that has hurt the parent company’s share price.

Mar 3, 2012

Suicide bomber attacks Algerian security base

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Twenty-three people were wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber drove a four-wheel drive vehicle packed with explosives at a paramilitary police base in a Sahara desert town, local media and security officials said.

The attack was the first in the town of Tamanrasset, an oasis about 2,000 km (1,240) miles south of the Algerian capital, and underscored mounting instability in the Sahara desert after the conflict in nearby Libya.

Mar 2, 2012

Algeria opposition ends boycott to run in election

ALGIERS, March 2 (Reuters) – Algeria’s biggest
opposition party said on Friday it would take part in a May 10
parliamentary election, ending a 15-year boycott and lending
credibility to government promises the vote will be more
democratic than in the past.

Energy exporter Algeria, so far largely untouched by the
“Arab Spring” revolts that toppled leaders in three of its
neighbours, is now under pressure at home and from abroad to
loosen the ruling elite’s tight grip on power.

Feb 22, 2012

Algeria, Libya set aside row to tackle security

ALGIERS/TRIPOLI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – North African neighbours
Libya and Algeria are to exchange high-level visits in an
attempt to re-launch cooperation in fighting arms trafficking
and Islamist insurgents in the Sahara desert.

Security ties had been effectively on hold since the revolt
last year which ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule in Libya, because
of disputes between Algeria and Libya’s new leadership.

Feb 21, 2012

Exclusive: Algeria to allow foreign NGOs to monitor vote

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Election observers from U.S. non-governmental organizations the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute will for the first time be able to monitor a parliamentary election in Algeria later this year, the interior minister said Tuesday.

Daho Ould Kablia told Reuters that the government, accused of interfering in past votes, would play only a logistical role in the May 10 election, and that for the first time the vote will be supervised by judges and political parties.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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