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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.

Dec 30, 2013

Top official sees Schumacher recovery chance

PARIS (Reuters) – Michael Schumacher’s helmet almost certainly saved his life and leisure skiers should always wear head protection, said the man behind the main safety measures in Alpine skiing.

“Without a helmet, Michael Schumacher would be dead,” Guenter Hujara, men’s Alpine skiing World Cup director, told Reuters on Monday.

Dec 30, 2013

Alpine skiing-Top official sees Schumacher recovery chance

PARIS (Reuters) – Michael Schumacher’s helmet almost certainly saved his life and leisure skiers should always wear head protection, said the man behind the main safety measures in Alpine skiing.

“Without a helmet, Michael Schumacher would be dead,” Guenter Hujara, men’s Alpine skiing World Cup director, told Reuters on Monday.

Dec 19, 2013

Caretaker Tunisia premier faces turbulence

TUNIS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A year ago, Mehdi Jomaa was
running a successful international business from Paris, making
high-tech aerospace components designed to take the danger and
discomfort out of flying.

Now that the Tunisian engineer has been named his country’s
caretaker prime minister, he may need the skills of a career in
safety seals and shock absorption to keep the nation that
launched the Arab Spring from shaking itself apart before he can
steer it through elections intended to cement democracy.

Dec 5, 2013

Anarchy at door, West starts to rebuild Libyan army

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – On a dusty parade ground outside Tripoli, young recruits march and bark out slogans for the new Libyan army that Western powers hope can turn the tide on militias threatening to engulf the North African country in anarchy.

Their boots are new and their fatigues pressed, but Libya’s army recruits will need more than drills to take on the hardened militiamen, Islamist fighters and political rivalries testing their OPEC nation’s stability.

Dec 2, 2013

Libya oil exports sink as protests, refinery demand bite

TRIPOLI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Libya is exporting 130,000
barrels per day (bpd) of oil as strikes at its main ports and
fields coupled with domestic refinery demand keep shipments at a
fraction of July’s levels, the country’s deputy oil minister
said on Monday.

A mix of militias, tribesmen and political minorities
demanding a greater share of Libya’s oil wealth and more
political power have shut most oilfields and ports, cutting oil
output from 1.4 million bpd five months ago.

Nov 25, 2013

Insight: Tunisia stumbles to democracy in a troubled neighborhood

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia offers perhaps the last hope for Arab Spring democracy; only in the small nation that inspired revolts from Cairo to Tripoli has the negotiating table won out over the gun, so far.

After months of crisis, Islamists and their secular opponents are bargaining over forming a caretaker government, a new constitution is a few penstrokes from completion and a second free election is around the corner.

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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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