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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.

Oct 24, 2013

Algeria’s Bouteflika seeks to curb security service power

By Lamine Chikhi

(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 10, 2013

Algeria gas plant mends its bullet holes

TIGUENTOURINE, Algeria, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Blast charred
walls have been repainted and bullet holes plastered over at the
In Amenas gas plant, as Algeria tries to tempt foreign oil
workers back to the Sahara.

But the black commemorative plaque listing 40 victims of
Islamist militants there keeps the memory alive of the January
attack that shook investors’ faith in Algeria’s oil and gas
sector.

Oct 1, 2013

Analysis: Algeria’s Bouteflika flexes muscles before 2014 vote

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Five months after a stroke put him in a Paris clinic under a cloud of succession rumors, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is again exercising the political muscle that has kept him in power for more than a decade.

Since his return from France in July, Bouteflika has moved to outflank rivals in behind-the-scenes negotiations within the ruling FLN party-military alliance that wields real authority.

Aug 9, 2013

Al Qaeda’s widening North African jihad confounds foes

ALGIERS/LONDON (Reuters) – Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between the assailants and the jihadis involved in killing the U.S. ambassador to Libya nearly a year ago.

The extent of the contacts between the militants is still unclear and nobody is sure there was a direct link between the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the carnage at In Amenas, where 39 foreign hostages were killed in January.

Jul 25, 2013

Algeria puts army in charge of fighting drug trafficking

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria has identified drug trafficking as a top national security threat linked to militancy in the region and put its powerful army in charge of fighting it, interior minister Daho Ould Kablia said.

“We are waging a war. It is a war against a new form of terrorism: drugs trafficking,” Ould Kablia told the APS state news agency late on Wednesday.

    • About Lamine

      "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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