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Feb 8, 2012

Snow is answer to prayers for N.Africa grain growers

ALGIERS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Cold weather spreading from
Europe into North Africa has helped the grain crops in Algeria
and Tunisia by dumping snow and rain, breaking a drought so
severe that mosques had offered up prayers for rain.

Neighbouring Morocco though, missed out on the precipitation
and a farmers’ representative said the combination of cold and
lack of rain could hurt crops there, with sugar beet and cane
especially vulnerable.

Feb 1, 2012
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Algeria Islamist leader predicts unrest if May parliamentary vote is rigged

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(Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah, 54, head of a party called the Front for Justice and Development, gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in Algiers August 13, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi )

Algeria’s government will ignite an explosion of unrest if it tries to rig a parliamentary election in May to keep its grip on power, according to the leader of an Islamist opposition party vying for a big share of the vote. Algeria, a big energy exporter, is the only North African state largely untouched by the “Arab Spring” upheavals in the region but the election could still act as a catalyst for protests over unemployment, a lack of housing and a government many people feel does not listen to them.

Jan 31, 2012

Algeria Islamist leader predicts unrest if vote rigged

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s government will ignite an explosion of unrest if it tries to rig a parliamentary election in May to keep its grip on power, according to the leader of an Islamist opposition party vying for a big share of the vote.

Algeria, a big energy exporter, is the only North African state largely untouched by the “Arab Spring” upheavals in the region but the election could still act as a catalyst for protests over unemployment, a lack of housing and a government many people feel does not listen to them.

Jan 24, 2012

Algeria gives parties green light for election

ALGIERS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Algeria’s government on
Tuesday authorised the creation of the first new political
parties in more than a decade, four months before a
parliamentary election when the authorities will be under
pressure to allow more democracy.

Opponents of the Algerian government though say it is only
paying lip service to greater freedoms, under pressure from the
“Arab Spring” upheavals elsewhere in the region, while retaining
tight control on the political scene.

Jan 17, 2012

Algeria says kidnapped governor freed on Libyan soil

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A kidnapped Algerian regional governor has been freed after his captors were intercepted inside Libya, officials said on Tuesday, an incident that will raise new concerns about instability spilling over from Libya to its neighbors.

Two Algerian security sources earlier told Reuters the governor was being held by al Qaeda. Security experts have warned the group is exploiting turmoil in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi to carve out a safe haven.

Jan 17, 2012

Clinton to visit Algeria soon: diplomatic sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Algeria in the next few weeks, two diplomatic sources told Reuters, a visit which would boost an Algerian government left exposed by the “Arab Spring” uprisings.

Algeria is the only north African state largely untouched by recent popular revolt in the region but its leaders face mounting internal pressure to embrace greater democracy before a parliamentary election scheduled for May this year.

Jan 17, 2012

Al Qaeda kidnaps Algerian governor: security sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda took hostage an Algerian regional governor near the Libyan border, security sources said on Tuesday, an incident that will raise new concerns about militants exploiting Libya’s security vacuum.

The kidnapping, deep in the Sahara desert, was the most audacious attack on a senior Algerian official in years. One security expert said al Qaeda has been emboldened because its fighters could use Libya, in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow, as a safe haven.

Jan 17, 2012

Al Qaeda kidnaps Algerian governor hostage -sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s north African branch is holding the governor of an Algerian desert region kidnapped near the border with Libya, security sources said on Tuesday.

The abduction of the governor, the most senior Algerian official to be kidnapped in years, will reinforce worries that the overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has created a zone of instability now being exploited by al Qaeda.

Jan 4, 2012

Algeria parties demand new PM to oversee election

ALGIERS, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Algeria’s main opposition
parties have demanded that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika remove
the prime minister and appoint an interim cabinet of technocrats
to ensure a parliamentary election later this year is not
rigged.

Algeria is the only country in North Africa largely
untouched by the “Arab Spring” uprisings, but the election,
scheduled for May, could be a catalyst for a surge in
anti-government protests which would destabilise the oil and gas
exporter.

Dec 28, 2011

Algeria leaders have lost touch, risk anger: review

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders are out of touch with their people who are growing increasingly angry about unemployment, red tape and poor housing, said a senior official carrying out a presidential review of the country’s economic and social woes.

“Demands for radical changes are huge. People want to see a new way of governance,” Mohamed Seghir Babes told Reuters in an interview.

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