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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.

Mar 7, 2014

Bouteflika’s re-election quest keeps Algeria in long-term limbo

ALGIERS/TUNIS, March 7 (Reuters) – Algerians may not have
been shocked to learn their ailing President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika would run for re-election after 15 years in power,
but the way he let them know was a surprise.

After months of speculation, the 77-year-old leader, who
suffered a stroke last year, gave no live television or radio
speech to declare his candidacy, leaving his prime minister and
the state news agency to announce it last week.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises Tunisian progress, promises help against militants

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised democratic progress in Tunisia, where the “Arab Spring” began, and offered to help the North African country’s fight against Islamist militants.

During a brief visit to Tunis, Kerry said Tunisia and the United States would start a strategic dialogue, usually meaning regular high-level meetings, beginning with a trip to Washington by Tunisia’s premier.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises democratic progress in visit to Tunisia

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss the threat of Islamist militants there.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution and the ruling Islamists stepped aside for a caretaker administration to govern until elections.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry to praise progress on unannounced visit to Tunisia: officials

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss its efforts to tackle Islamist militants, his staff said.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution last month and ruling Islamists stepped down for a caretaker administration to govern until elections this year.

Feb 12, 2014

Exclusive: Libya oil rebel’s brother arrested in UAE

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The brother of a former rebel who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said.

The arrest of the brother of Ibrahim al-Jathran, whose blockade has cost the state billions of dollars, came as the government wages a campaign of attrition to weaken his movement for more autonomy and control of oil wealth in eastern Libya.

Feb 12, 2014

Libya oil rebel’s brother arrested in UAE

TRIPOLI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The brother of a former rebel
who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after
Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of
trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said.

The arrest of the brother of Ibrahim al-Jathran, whose
blockade has cost the state billions of dollars, came as the
government wages a campaign of attrition to weaken his movement
for more autonomy and control of oil wealth in eastern Libya.

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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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