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Anti-Bouteflika protests shake Algeria's business community

Bouteflika's long-time strategic partners, from members of the governing FLN party to trade unionists, have abandoned the president, peeling away layers of his ruling elite. The 82-year-old president also relied on influential figures like Ali Haddad, who has made billions through public works projects awarded by the government and investments in the media. "Voices inside the FCE exist and they have publicly called for an extraordinary General Assembly to replace Ali Haddad," said Laid Benamor...
Tags: Science, Algeria, General Assembly, FLN, Bouteflika, Anti Bouteflika, Ali Haddad, Laid Benamor


Bouteflika at bay: Why protesters are taking on Algeria's ruling system

Protesters say this is not enough. The immediate cause was Bouteflika's candidacy. After Bouteflika abandoned plans to stand but stopped short of stepping down -- raising the prospect that he would stay in power for the rest of the year -- the protests swelled.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika


Anti-Bouteflika protests shake Algeria business community

Bouteflika's long-time strategic partners, from members of the governing FLN party to trade unionists, have abandoned the president, peeling away layers of his ruling elite. The 82-year-old president also relied on influential figures like Ali Haddad, who has made billions through public works projects awarded by the government and investments in the media. The forum for entrepreneurs has been hit by a series of resignations from members who have turned their backs on Bouteflika since the prot...
Tags: Science, Algeria, FLN, Bouteflika, Anti Bouteflika, Ali Haddad


Struggle for Algeria hits business community

Bouteflika's long-time strategic partners, from members of the governing FLN party to trade unionists, have abandoned the president, peeling away layers of his ruling elite. The 82-year-old president also relied on influential figures like Ali Haddad, who has made billions through public works projects awarded by the government and investments in the media. The forum for entrepreneurs has been hit by a series of resignations from members who have turned their backs on Bouteflika since the prot...
Tags: Science, Algeria, FLN, Bouteflika, Ali Haddad


Algeria general praises public's 'noble aims' in sign of distance from Bouteflika

Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the month had been "marked by the deeds of noble aims and pure intentions, through which the Algerian people has clearly expressed its values ​​and principles of sincere and dedicated work to Allah and the motherland". The general's comments, made on Tuesday during a tour of a military district and carried by Algerian media on Wednesday, came as an influential party in the governing coalition publicly turned on Bouteflika and those around him. Bouteflik...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah, Seddik Chihab, National Rally for Democracy


Algeria protest leaders tell army to stay out of politics

In the first direct message to the army from leaders emerging from mass protests against Bouteflika, the National Coordination for Change said the military should "play its constitutional role without interfering in the people choice". Generals have traditionally wielded power from behind the scenes in Algeria but have stepped in during pivotal moments. In 1992, the army canceled elections an Islamist party was set to win, triggering a long civil war that killed an estimated 200,000 people.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika, National Coordination for Change


Algeria's Bouteflika defies pressure to step down immediately

Bouteflika, 82, last week bowed to demonstrators who say he unfit to run Algeria by announcing he had reversed a decision to stand for another term. In a letter reported by Ennahar television, the veteran leader repeated an earlier plan for a national conference to reform the political system, which would be held shortly. The scenario broadly reflects a timetable for change that Bouteflika mapped out on March 11.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika


Algeria chief of staff says army will tackle crisis

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika bowed to demonstrators last week by announcing that he had reversed a decision to stand for another term. "The army will remain a fortified fortress for the country," the chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, said on state TV. There is no problem without solution." He added: "I’m confident the Algerian people are wise and able to overcome all difficulties." Bouteflika, 82, has ruled for two decades but has rarely been seen in public since sufferi...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah


Algerians demand Bouteflika quits in biggest protest yet

Protesters crammed streets and squares in the capital after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria's red, green and white flag. "Bouteflika and his men must go as soon as possible," said student Yazid Ammari, 23. Reuters journalists estimated the crowd at hundreds of thousands of people but there was no police estimate.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Reuters, Bouteflika, Yazid Ammari


Algerians hold biggest anti-Bouteflika protests

Protesters crammed streets and squares in the capital after Friday prayers, many draped in Algeria's red, green and white flag. "Bouteflika and his men must go as soon as possible," said student Yazid Ammari, 23. Bouteflika on Monday reversed a decision to stand for another term after weeks of demonstrations against him but he stopped short of relinquishing office and said he would stay on until a new constitution is adopted.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika, Yazid Ammari


New Algerian PM says new government will be 'technocratic''

Algeria's new prime minister, Noureddine Bedoui, said on Thursday he would form an inclusive and technocratic government that involved young Algerians who have been staging protests to push for quick political changes. Bedoui was appointed premier on Monday after Ahmed Ouyahia resigned.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Ahmed Ouyahia, Noureddine Bedoui, Bedoui


Sensing advantage, Algeria protest leaders hike pressure for change

Opposition activists have dismissed a decision by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika not to stand for a fifth term as at a half-measure aimed at placating popular anger and doing nothing to address decades of economic and social malaise. Algeria's government on Wednesday declared itself ready for talks with the protesters, saying it sought a ruling system based on "the will of the people". No negotiations," Fodil Boumala, one of the leaders of the demonstrators, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Reuters, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Fodil Boumala


Algeria leaders ready to discuss system based on 'will of the people'

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday reversed a decision to seek a fifth term in the face of weeks of mass rallies by protesters fed up with authoritarian rule and decades of economic and political stagnation. Earlier, Armed Forces Chief of Staff and deputy defense minister Ahmed Gaed Salah told Ennahar TV the army would preserve Algeria's security "in all circumstances and conditions". Tens of thousands of people from all social classes have demonstrated over the last three weeks against ...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah, Ennahar, Earlier Armed Forces


Army says it will preserve Algeria's security in all circumstances

Algeria's army will preserve the country's security "in all circumstances and conditions", Deputy Defence Minister Ahmed Gaed Salah told Ennahar TV on Wednesday, amid continuing protests by Algerians demanding rapid political change. Gaed Salah is also the armed forces chief of staff. Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down, raising suspicions on the street that he is buying time.
Tags: Science, Army, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah, Ennahar TV, Gaed Salah


Algeria’s government ready for dialogue with opposition -Deputy PM

Algeria's government is ready for dialogue with the opposition, its Deputy Prime Minister said on Wednesday, after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika reversed a decision to seek a fifth term in the face of mass protests. Earlier, Armed Forces Chief of Staff and deputy defense minister Ahmed Gaed Salah told Ennahar TV the army would preserve Algeria's security "in all circumstances and conditions".
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Ahmed Gaed Salah, Ennahar


Veteran diplomat set to guide Algeria's transition after protests

At 85, he is three years older than President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and from the same generation that has presided over Algerian politics since the 1954-62 war of independence against France. Bouteflika yielded to the protests on Monday by postponing elections and dropping plans to stand for a fifth term. Brahimi is now likely to chair a conference planning Algeria's future, a government source said.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Brahimi, France Bouteflika


Hungry for change, Algerians press old guard to step aside

Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations at the Mediterranean port at Bejaia. Bouteflika, 82, bowed to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-year-old rule on Monday and promised a transition to a new leadership. Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi and protest groups are expected to join a conference planning Algeria's future that Bouteflika said should try to finish its work by the end of 2019, government and political s...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Mediterranean, Bouteflika, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ennahar TV, Bejaia Bouteflika


Impatient for change, Algeria protesters press old guard to step aside

Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations at the Mediterranean port at Bejaia. Bouteflika, 82, bowed to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-year-old rule on Monday and promised a transition to a new leadership. Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi and protest groups will join a conference planning Algeria's future that Bouteflika said should try to finish its work by the end of 2019, government and political sources told...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Mediterranean, Reuters, Bouteflika, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ennahar TV, Bejaia Bouteflika


Diplomat, protesters to plan Algeria's future after Bouteflika: source

A veteran Algerian diplomat and protest groups will join a conference planning the country's future after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika yielded to mass demonstrations and agreed not to run again, a government source said on Tuesday. Lakhdar Brahimi, a former foreign minister and U.N. special envoy, is expected to chair the conference, the source told Reuters. It will oversee the transition, draft a new constitution and set the date for elections.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Reuters, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bouteflika, Lakhdar Brahimi


Thousands demand quick change in Algeria after Bouteflika concessions

Huge crowds gathered in several cities and Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations at the Mediterranean port at Bajaia. Bouteflika, 82, bowed to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-year rule on Monday and promised a transition to a new leadership. Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi and protest groups will join a conference planning Algeria's future, government and political sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Mediterranean, Reuters, Bouteflika, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ennahar TV, Bajaia Bouteflika


Algeria’s Bouteflika will not run for a fifth term

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will not run for a fifth term, the presidency said on Monday after weeks of protests calling for the ailing leader to step down. The presidency also announced the postponement of a presidential election which had been planned for April. A government reshuffle would take place soon, the presidency said in a statement. ...
Tags: Science, Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algiers, Bouteflika, Reuters Algeria


Algeria's Bouteflika abandons re-election bid after weeks of protest

Bouteflika's announcement brought crowds back onto the streets in celebration on Monday evening. Tens of thousands of people from all social classes have demonstrated almost daily against Bouteflika's plan to run for re-election, rejecting a political system dominated for nearly 60 years by veterans of the independence war against France. Bouteflika, 82, has ruled for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
Tags: Science, Algeria, Bouteflika, France Bouteflika


Defiant judges, clerics pile pressure on Algeria's Bouteflika

Bouteflika, who returned to Algeria on Sunday after medical treatment in Switzerland, has watched one long-time ally after another join mass demonstrations calling on him to step down. Now in their third week, the protests have seen Algerians desperate for jobs and angry about unemployment and corruption demonstrate in towns across around the vast North African country against Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in office. The marches have shattered years of political inertia and unsettled Alger...
Tags: Science, Switzerland, Algeria, Bouteflika


Algeria minister raps judges' election challenge to Bouteflika

Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after undergoing medical treatment in Switzerland. Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh, a member of Bouteflika's inner circle, said judges should remain neutral. "The independence and integrity of the judge must be consistent whatever the reasons," Ennahar TV quoted him as saying.
Tags: Science, Switzerland, Algeria, Bouteflika, Tayeb Louh, Ennahar TV


Algeria judges refuse to oversee vote if Bouteflika participates

Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after undergoing medical treatment in Switzerland. The 82-year-old Bouteflika faces the toughest fight of his 20-year-old rule, following a tenure in which he became the north African country's most powerful president in 30 years. Algerians from all social classes have rejected his plan to secure a fifth term in April elections, a move protesters feel would perpetuate a stale political system dominated by veterans of an independence war against France t...
Tags: Science, France, Switzerland, Algeria, Bouteflika


Ailing president returns to Algeria as mass protests swirl

Ennahar TV showed footage of what it said was a convoy of vehicles transporting him. Hours before Bouteflika's arrival, his ruling FLN party urged all sides to work together to end the crisis and promote national reconciliation, Ennahar TV said.
Tags: Science, Algeria, FLN, Bouteflika, Ennahar TV


President Bouteflika arrives in Algeria amid mass protests

Tens of thousands of Algerians of all social classes have protested over the past three weeks against Bouteflika's decision to stand in April's election. The ruling FLN party urged all sides to work together to end the political crisis, Ennahar TV said. 'NO FIFTH TERM' “Bouteflika’s system is over,” said a commentator on Ennahar TV, which is close to the president's inner circle, noting that some of the Bouteflika's allies have joined the protests.
Tags: Science, Algeria, FLN, Bouteflika, Ennahar TV


President Bouteflika due to arrive in Algeria on Sunday amid protests

An Algerian government plane took off from Geneva's Cointrin airport and was expected to make the short flight to Algeria, where al-Arabiya Hadath TV reported a heavy security deployment between Algiers airport and the presidential residence in Zeralda, outside the capital. The Gulfstream executive jet, which had taken Bouteflika to Geneva on Feb. 24, touched down in Geneva earlier on Sunday. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters Bouteflika would return home.
Tags: Science, Geneva, Algeria, Algiers, Bouteflika, Reuters Bouteflika, Cointrin airport, Arabiya Hadath, Zeralda, The Gulfstream


President Bouteflika expected to return to Algeria on Sunday amid protests

In the clearest indication yet that the generals sympathize with tens of thousands of Algerians who want Bouteflika to step down, the chief of staff said the military and the people had a united vision of the future, state TV reported. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters Bouteflika would return on Sunday. A Reuters witness saw the Gulfstream executive jet, the one which had taken Bouteflika to Geneva on Feb. 24, touch down at the airport amid a heavy police presence.
Tags: Science, Geneva, Algeria, Reuters, Gulfstream, Bouteflika, Reuters Bouteflika


President Bouteflika to return to Algeria on Sunday: source, TV

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters Bouteflika would return on Sunday and Ennahar TV said he was expected to land around noon (1100 GMT). A Reuters witness saw the Gulfstream executive jet, the one which had taken Bouteflika to Geneva on Feb. 24, touch down at the airport amid a heavy police presence. There was no immediate sign of any ambulance or motorcade carrying the 82-year-old Bouteflika.
Tags: Science, Geneva, Algeria, Reuters, Gulfstream, Bouteflika, Ennahar TV, Reuters Bouteflika



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