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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.

Dec 27, 2011
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Algerian Islamists set to quit government and push for reform

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(Djama’a al-Kebir, the Grand Mosque of Algiers, 13 March 2011/Tom Heneghan)

Boosted by the success of peers in the region, a leading Algerian Islamist party plans to leave the ruling coalition before April’s parliamentary election to press for constitutional reforms to limit the powers of the president.

“We are for a parliamentary system, not a presidential system as is the case now, and we will campaign to change the constitution,” Bouguera Soltani, leader of the Islamist Movement for Society of Peace, told Reuters in an interview. “The final decision belongs to the shura (advisory council) which should take it by the end of this month. Personally I am with those who support the idea to leave the government and the majority is with me,” he said.

Dec 26, 2011

Islamists set to quit Algerian govt, push reform

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Boosted by the success of peers in the region, a leading Algerian Islamist party plans to leave the ruling coalition before April’s parliamentary election to press for constitutional reforms to limit the powers of the president.

“We are for a parliamentary system, not a presidential system as is the case now, and we will campaign to change the constitution,” Bouguera Soltani, leader of the Islamist Movement for Society of Peace, told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new chief at energy firm Sonatrach

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state energy
firm Sonatrach named its fourth chief executive in two years on
Thursday, bringing new disruption to a company that supplies a
large share of Europe’s gas but is struggling to get new
exploration projects off the ground.

Nourredine Cherouati, appointed chief executive just 18
months ago in the wake of a corruption scandal, was replaced by
Abdelhamid Zerguine, a one-time vice-president in the firm who
until now ran a Sonatrach affiliate in Switzerland.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new Sonatrach chief executive

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria Sonatrach CEO to be replaced – govt sources

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 13, 2011

Algeria says Nigeria’s Boko Haram tied to al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Intelligence reports show there is coordination between the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram and the Algerian-based north African branch of al Qaeda, the Algerian deputy foreign minister said Sunday.

Boko Haram has killed dozens of people in Nigeria, and Western security experts say any link-up with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) could make it a more potent threat, especially to Nigeria’s energy sector.

Sep 26, 2011

Tuareg tribes clash with new Libyan forces:sources

TRIPOLI/ALGIERS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Tuareg tribesmen
fought skirmishes at the weekend with armed groups affiliated to
Libya’s interim government, two sources with local contacts told
Reuters, a clash that highlighted the challenges Libya’s new
rulers face in winning over fractious tribes.

Tuaregs, nomads who roam the desert spanning the borders of
Libya and its neighbours, backed Libya’s deposed leader Muammar
Gaddafi and view with suspicion the National Transitional
Council (NTC) that is now in power.

Sep 9, 2011
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Algerian Sufi order master wants reformist Sufi role in Arab Spring

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(Members of a Sufi brotherhood carry their flag as they pray in the desert during the festival of Sboue near the town of Timimoun about 1,200 km south of Algiers, March 24, 2008/Zohra Bensemra)

Sufi Muslims across North Africa must stand up for dignity and freedom so their mystical form of Islam can be heard in the lively debates over democracy in the Arab world, a leading Algerian Sufi master says. The official Islam promoted by dictators who were swept away by Arab Spring revolts has failed and Muslims now need Sufi-style spirituality to promote brotherhood and unity, said Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, head of the Al’ Alawiya Sufi order.

Sep 4, 2011

Remote oasis saw Gaddafi family, but briefly

DJANET, Algeria (Reuters) – She came with her mother and brothers, fleeing across the Sahara from the wrath of her father’s nation. Reaching a remote oasis, she gave birth to a daughter and was gone again, deep into the desert in a caravan of luxury vehicles.

So goes the story of Aisha Gaddafi as told by Algerians living in the oasis town of Djanet, 1,500 km (900 miles) inland from Algiers. They said they saw little of the ousted Libyan leader’s family during their two-day stay last week, but would welcome other supporters of Gaddafi who arrived as refugees.

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