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Feb 22, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek fourth term in April-PM

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said on Saturday, a vote likely to hand him a fourth term in power.

Bouteflika, who opponents say is too frail to govern, is expected to announce his candidacy formally later on Saturday, with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal running his campaign, a source close to the presidency said.

Feb 11, 2014

Algerian military plane crashes into mountain, 77 killed

OULED GACEM, Algeria (Reuters) – A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain on Tuesday, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade.

State television showed footage of the wreckage of the plane near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, smoke rising from the site and emergency crews scouring the forested area for survivors and bodies.

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.

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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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