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Feb 3, 2014

More parties back Algeria’s Bouteflika for new term

ALGIERS (Reuters) – More than two dozen Algerian political parties have given their support for a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has yet to announce whether he will run again just two months before the election.

Bouteflika, 76, suffered a stroke early last year before returning to work amid speculation over his ability to seek re-election in Algeria, a key gas supplier to Europe and a U.S. partner against Islamist militants in North Africa.

Jan 19, 2014

Former FLN party chief to run for Algerian presidency

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ali Benflis, a former leader of Algeria’s ruling FLN party, announced on Sunday he would run in the April 17 elections, in which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has yet to say whether he will seek a fourth term.

Bouteflika returned home on Thursday from a visit to a Paris hospital for check-ups after suffering a stroke early last year.

Jan 16, 2014

What next for Algeria after new Bouteflika hospital visit?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s second visit to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to run for reelection in April.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Jan 16, 2014

Analysis: What next for Algeria after new Bouteflika hospital visit?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s second visit to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to run for reelection in April.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Jan 16, 2014

Analysis – With Bouteflika back in hospital, what next for Algeria?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s return to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to stand for re-election in three months’ time.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Dec 18, 2013

Analysis: Constitutional reforms may see Algeria’s ageing Bouteflika run again

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Eight months after Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke, his allies are promoting constitutional changes including a new vice presidency, which may let the ageing independence veteran run for a fourth term.

That would put off an answer to one of the enduring questions in North Africa: who will replace Bouteflika, 76, as leader of one of the principle allies of the West against Islamist militancy.

Dec 18, 2013

Constitutional reforms may see Algeria’s ageing Bouteflika run again

ALGIERS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Eight months after Algerian
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke,
his allies are promoting constitutional changes including a new
vice presidency, which may let the ageing independence veteran
run for a fourth term.

That would put off an answer to one of the enduring
questions in North Africa: who will replace Bouteflika, 76, as
leader of one of the principle allies of the West against
Islamist militancy.

Oct 27, 2013

Algeria economic reforms on hold until 2014 election -advisor

ALGIERS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Algeria is unlikely to see
substantial economic reform before the country holds elections
in April 2014, a top advisor to the government said, despite
growing signs that officials are edging towards liberalising
policy.

For decades, Algeria has tightly limited competition and
foreign participation in its oil- and gas-rich economy, a legacy
of the Socialist ideology which it adopted after independence
from France in 1962.

Oct 24, 2013

Algeria’s Bouteflika to curb security service power – party official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wants to push through constitutional reforms before 2014 elections to put an end to the powerful intelligence service’s role as political kingmaker, the ruling FLN party’s chairman said.

Any challenge to the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS) would amount to a major shakeup in Algeria where observers say the security agency has ruled behind the scenes with members of an FLN elite since independence from France in 1962.

Oct 24, 2013

Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libya border

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian troops discovered a huge arms cache near the border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday.

“It is an arsenal of war,” the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters, adding that it likely belonged to militants.

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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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