ALGIERS, May 19 (Reuters) – Three weeks after being rushed
to hospital in Paris, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
has disappeared from sight, leaving behind a country preparing
for a successor who for the first time will come from a
generation too young to have fought in Algeria’s war of
independence against France.
In a country run with Soviet-style secrecy, nobody is sure
how sick Bouteflika is. But despite an official bulletin last
week saying he was recovering from a minor stroke, most believe
the 76-year-old must be seriously ill to have disappeared from
public view for so long.
ALGIERS, April 30 (Reuters) – Ill-health may force veteran
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in hospital in
Paris, to hasten his departure from power, plunging a youthful,
restless nation into an uncertain political transition.
Algeria, led by Bouteflika since 1999, has for decades drawn
its presidents from an ageing cohort of men who won their spurs
in the bitter 1954-62 independence war with France.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was transferred to France for medical tests on Saturday night after suffering a minor stroke that Algeria’s official news agency said had caused no permanent damage.
Bouteflika, who has ruled over the North African oil and gas producer for more than a decade, had a “transient ischemic attack” or mini-stroke on Saturday.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was transferred to France for medical tests on Saturday night after suffering a minor stroke, Algeria’s official news agency said.
Bouteflika, who has ruled over the North African oil and gas producer for more than a decade, had an “transient ischemic attack” or mini-stroke on Saturday but his condition was not serious, the APS agency said, quoting the prime minister.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred to France for further medical tests after suffering a minor stroke on Saturday, Algeria’s official news agency said.
The APS agency said late on Saturday that Bouteflika, 76, was in Paris at the recommendation of his doctors.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was hospitalized after a minor stroke on Saturday, according to the state press agency report that quoted the prime minister as saying his condition was “not serious”.
The health of 75-year-old Bouteflika is a central factor in the stability of an oil-exporting country of 37 million people that is emerging from a long conflict against Islamist insurgents.
April 7 (Reuters) – Algeria did not have sufficient rainfall
during the sowing season, but its grain harvest in summer still
may be saved if it gets good precipitation in April, a senior
official said on Sunday.
Laid Benamor, chairman of the Algerian cereal committee, in
a rare interview said some regions in the east and the center
had also been affected by diseases.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Djamel Okacha has been named as a new commander in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), replacing Abdelhamid Abou Zeid who was killed in fighting in northern Mali, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.
An Algerian security source said Okacha, 34, was very close to AQIM’s leader Abdelmalek Droukdel as both belonged to the Group of Algiers, made up of militants born in the region around the Algerian capital.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Djamel Okacha has replaced Abdelhamid Abou Zeid as leader of al Qaeda-linked group AQIM in the Sahara region, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.
Abou Zeid was killed by Chadian soldiers in northern Mali a few weeks ago.
Okacha, also known as Yahia Abu El Hamam, joined AQIM northern Mali in 2004, a security source with knowledge of AQIM told Reuters.
ALGIERS/DAKAR (Reuters) – French forces have killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most feared commanders of al Qaeda’s north Africa wing, during an operation against Islamist fighters in mountainous northern Mali, Algeria’s Ennahar television said on Thursday.
Abou Zeid was among 40 militants killed three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near the Algerian border, said Ennahar, which is well connected with Algeria’s security services.