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Apr 16, 2014

Algeria’s bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

ALGIERS, April 16 (Reuters) – Cramped with his young wife
and three infants in a shack in Algiers’ Citi Hofra slum, Amin
Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on
Algeria’s gas wealth.

But after waiting for years to get a new state-built
apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of
Algeria’s bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come
are reasons enough to hold out a little longer.

Apr 12, 2014

Ally says Algeria’s Bouteflika recovering, will make reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is recovering steadily from a stroke last year, talks with his team every day, and is healthy enough to govern after the election on April 17, his chief ally said on Saturday.

Bouteflika, a 77-year-old veteran of Algeria’s independence war, has no serious rivals for re-election in Thursday’s ballot, but he has not campaigned himself and has only rarely spoken in public since his illness.

Apr 6, 2014

Absentee Bouteflika dominates Algerian presidential poll

CHLEF, Algeria, April 6 (Reuters) – At a packed sports hall
in western Algeria, portraits of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
gaze down on supporters rallying for his re-election. But the
leader himself, weakened by a stroke a year ago, is a no-show.

Throughout campaigning for the April 17 polls, Bouteflika
has remained mostly out of the public eye apart from brief
television appearances, as he has done since falling ill.

Apr 3, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika meets with Kerry, talks security

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, discussing better security cooperation in the Maghreb region in one of his longest appearances since a stroke a year ago.

The meeting was one of the few times the Algerian leader has been seen talking so openly in public since the illness that put him in a Paris hospital for months and raised questions about his bid for re-election this month.

Mar 30, 2014

Insight: Armed militias hold Libya hostage

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When a militia holding Libya’s eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

For days the government had threatened to blow up the tanker, called Morning Glory, if it left port. When it sailed off, pro-government militiamen even gave chase on boats carrying jeeps mounted with anti-aircraft and cannons.

Mar 30, 2014

Armed militias hold Libya hostage

TRIPOLI, March 30 (Reuters) – When a militia holding Libya’s
eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil
earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime
minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

For days the government had threatened to blow up the
tanker, called Morning Glory, if it left port. When it sailed
off, pro-government militiamen even gave chase on boats carrying
jeeps mounted with anti-aircraft and cannons.

Mar 23, 2014

Campaigning starts in Algeria election likely to re-elect Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Campaigning for Algeria’s election opened on Sunday with the man expected to win, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, starting his race not with a speech or a mass rally, but with a letter.

With questions lingering about the state of his health after a stroke last year, Bouteflika, 77, began his campaign writing to Algerians to say his condition would not stop him extending his 15 years governing the North African state.

Mar 22, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika says health won’t prevent election bid, vows reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a letter addressed to Algerians on Saturday his poor health would not prevent him from running for a fourth term and promised constitutional reforms if he wins the April 17 election.

Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy earlier this month despite suffering from a stroke last year that opponents say has left him unfit to campaign or govern the North African oil producer for another five years.

Mar 21, 2014

Algerian opposition rallies against Bouteflika re-run in April election

ALGIERS, March 21 (Reuters) – Algerian opposition parties
rallied several thousand supporters on Friday to call for a
boycott of next month’s election and to reject President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s run for another term after 15 years in
power.

Bouteflika, the 77-year-old veteran of Algeria’s
independence war, registered for the April 17 ballot despite
suffering a stroke last year that opponents say has left him
unfit to govern for another five years.

Mar 17, 2014

Tunisia’s main secular party open to Islamist coalition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s main secular party that helped push ruling Islamists out of office last year is open to governing with them if 2014 elections do not produce a clear majority, its party chief said.

Three years after its uprising against Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is preparing for its second free election that will complete a transition to democracy praised as a model of political compromise in an unstable region.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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