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Feb 7, 2014

Libyans oppose congress extension amid political confusion

TRIPOLI, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Several thousand Libyans marched
in Tripoli and Benghazi on Friday to demand the dissolution of
the interim national parliament, whose mandate was due to run
out on Friday with the country divided over its future.

First elected in 2012, the General National Congress (GNC)
was to end its term on Feb. 7. But its members have extended its
mandate to give a special committee time to draft the
constitution seen as a key step in Libya’s political transition.

Feb 7, 2014

Libyan PM urges all sides to avoid violence in standoff over parliament

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament, whose mandate was due to run out on Friday with the country deeply divided over its future.

Two-and-a-half years since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s democratic transition is in crisis, the government hamstrung by infighting between Islamists and nationalists and the nascent army is often unable to assert authority.

Jan 27, 2014

If he can hang on, Libyan premier may win oil standoff

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Almost every week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan either tries to cajole the fighters choking off Libya’s crude exports or threatens to break their blockade by force.

Neither tactic has worked. Their leader, Ibrahim al-Jathran, dug in at ports his men seized in August, says he will sell Libya’s oil himself and carve out a semi-state unless the eastern region gets a fairer share of the revenues.

Jan 26, 2014

Libya says five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats freed

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Five Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Tripoli in retaliation for Egypt’s arrest of a Libyan militia commander have been freed, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Razak Al-Grady said on Sunday.

The abduction of diplomats in the Libyan capital illustrated the fragility of government control over former rebels and militias who two years ago helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolution.

Jan 16, 2014

What next for Algeria after new Bouteflika hospital visit?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s second visit to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to run for reelection in April.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Jan 16, 2014

Analysis: What next for Algeria after new Bouteflika hospital visit?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s second visit to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to run for reelection in April.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Jan 16, 2014

Analysis – With Bouteflika back in hospital, what next for Algeria?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s return to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to stand for re-election in three months’ time.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

Jan 14, 2014

Three years after uprising, Tunisians celebrate near-model transition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Thousands of Islamist and secular Tunisians marked the third anniversary of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s downfall on Tuesday, celebrating in the closest the Arab world has to a model transition to democracy.

Crowds jammed Habib Bourguiba boulevard in the capital, Tunis, waving flags and chanting in friendly rivalry near the interior ministry building where protesters once shouted “Leave” to Ben Ali.

Jan 9, 2014

Tunisia’s premier resigns for caretaker gov’t, protests hit south

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a non-partisan caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to complete a transition to democracy.

Three years after an uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is in the final stages of establishing a full democracy before elections that would be a rare bright spot in an unstable region.

Jan 9, 2014

Tunisia’s premier resigns for caretaker government, protests hit south

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh resigned on Thursday to make way for a non-partisan caretaker government as part of a deal with his opponents to complete a transition to democracy.

Three years after an uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is in the final stages of establishing a full democracy before elections that would be a rare bright spot 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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