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.
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.
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.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian special forces have shot dead four Islamist militants, including two deputies to the leader of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM, a security source told Reuters.
The raid on Friday night in the region of Bouira, east of the capital, also uncovered a cache of money that was likely to have been paid to secure the freedom of Western hostages, said the source, who asked not to be named.
ALGIERS, June 19 (Reuters) – Algeria is investigating the
head of its state power and gas utility, Sonelgaz, over
contracts involving U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co
and France’s Alstom SA, sources told Reuters and
Algerian local media reported.
“The case is about inflating costs in deals with U.S. firm
General Electric and French firm Alstom,” one of the sources
said. The source gave no further details.
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.