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May 20, 2014

Renegade ex-general steps into Libya’s militia fray

ALGIERS/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When a dispute erupted over dissolving Libya’s parliament last February, a former general dressed in full army uniform made a surprise television broadcast calling on the military to “rescue” the country.

Flanked by a Libyan flag and a large map, retired Major General Khalifa Haftar demanded a caretaker government take over from a parliament paralyzed by rivalries after the 2011 war that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

May 16, 2014

Algeria unveils Bouteflika constitutional reform package

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s government on Friday released details of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s constitutional reform package that includes delegating more authority to the prime minister and more powers for opposition parties in parliament.

Bouteflika, who won re-election last month despite ill health after suffering a stroke a year ago, promised the reforms to strengthen democracy in a country largely controlled by the ruling FLN party and the army since independence in 1962.

May 12, 2014

Algeria sees strong initial interest in energy round

ALGIERS, May 12 (Reuters) – More than 50 firms joined in the
early stages of Algeria’s new energy round when it hopes new oil
law incentives and the potential of fields on offer will draw
strong bids, a top energy official said.

Africa’s largest gas producer and supplier of a fifth of
Europe’s gas needs, is looking for foreign oil explorers to sign
up to help offset stagnating crude and gas output after a
disappointing round in 2011.

Apr 29, 2014

Tunisia takes fight to militants in mountain hideout

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian security forces backed by jets and helicopters have begun a major operation to root out al Qaeda-linked militants from a hideout in the Chaambi mountains bordering Algeria.

Thousands of troops have deployed in the remote area to scour the mountains, where the militants are holed up, some since a French military operation drove al Qaeda-affiliated fighters out of Mali last year.

Apr 28, 2014

With rare speech, Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika starts new term

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years.

State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power.

Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika wins re-election with 81.5 pct -official results

ALGIERS, April 18 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for
15 years, won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents
dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in
power.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Bouteflika had cast his vote on
Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke
last year that raised doubts about whether he is fit enough to
govern the North African oil-exporting state.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

Sitting a wheelchair, Bouteflika cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that has raised doubts about whether, after 15 years in power, he is fit enough to govern the North African oil state.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika camp claims election win, rival alleges fraud

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looked set to win a fourth term with allies claiming victory in an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013.

Official results were due on Friday, but Bouteflika’s camp claimed the independence veteran backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party had succeeded in securing five more years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

Apr 17, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika poised to win re-election

ALGIERS, April 17 (Reuters) – Algerians vote on Thursday in
an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to
win after 15 years in power even though he has spoken rarely in
public since suffering a stroke last year.

With the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party,
allied movements and unions behind him, Bouteflika, 77, is
almost assured victory and another five years governing the
North African OPEC state.

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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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