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May 16, 2014

Algeria unveils Bouteflika constitutional reform package

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s government on Friday released details of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s constitutional reform package that includes delegating more authority to the prime minister and more powers for opposition parties in parliament.

Bouteflika, who won re-election last month despite ill health after suffering a stroke a year ago, promised the reforms to strengthen democracy in a country largely controlled by the ruling FLN party and the army since independence in 1962.

May 16, 2014

Algeria evacuates diplomats from Libya after threats

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria sent a team of special forces to evacuate its ambassador and embassy staff from Libya in a military plane after a militant threat to its embassy, officials and a security source said on Friday.

Algeria gave few details on the threat, but security in Libya has deteriorated and at least eight foreign diplomats have been abducted in Libya this year by militants seeking to exchange hostages for fighters detained overseas.

May 15, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika offers reforms to sceptical opposition

ALGIERS, May 15 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika, newly re-elected despite suffering a stroke last
year, has proposed a raft of reforms including setting a
two-term presidential limit and delegating more authority to the
prime minister, a government source said on Thursday.

Bouteflika, 77, won last month’s election to secure his
fourth five-year term, despite his opponents’ arguments that his
fragile health undermined his ability to govern.

May 12, 2014

Algeria sees strong initial interest in energy round

ALGIERS, May 12 (Reuters) – More than 50 firms joined in the
early stages of Algeria’s new energy round when it hopes new oil
law incentives and the potential of fields on offer will draw
strong bids, a top energy official said.

Africa’s largest gas producer and supplier of a fifth of
Europe’s gas needs, is looking for foreign oil explorers to sign
up to help offset stagnating crude and gas output after a
disappointing round in 2011.

Apr 20, 2014

Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.

The troops were in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), state news agency APS and a security source said on Sunday.

Apr 20, 2014

Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamic militants killed at least 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source said on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.

The troops were searching for militants in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by fighters from al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the source told Reuters.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power.

Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika wins re-election with 81.5 percent: official results

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Bouteflika had cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised doubts about whether he is fit enough to govern the North African oil-exporting state.

Apr 17, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika camp claims election win, rival alleges fraud

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looked set to win a fourth term with allies claiming victory in an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013.

Official results were due on Friday, but Bouteflika’s camp claimed the independence veteran backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party had succeeded in securing five more years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

Apr 16, 2014

Algeria’s bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

ALGIERS, April 16 (Reuters) – Cramped with his young wife
and three infants in a shack in Algiers’ Citi Hofra slum, Amin
Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on
Algeria’s gas wealth.

But after waiting for years to get a new state-built
apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of
Algeria’s bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come
are reasons enough to hold out a little longer.

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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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