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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


Algerian army chief, ruling party support protesters

Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said that a month of demonstrations 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 comments, made on Tuesday during a tour of a military district and carried by Algerian media on Wednesday, were the clearest signal yet that the army was distancing itself from the ailing Bouteflika, in power for 2...
Tags: Science, FLN, Bouteflika, National Liberation Front, Ahmed Gaed Salah


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


Powerful Algerian party abandons beleaguered Bouteflika

The National Rally for Democracy (RND), a member of the ruling coalition, has joined ruling party officials, unions and business tycoons who have abandoned Bouteflika in recent days, after nearly a month of street demonstrations protests. "The candidacy of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a new term was a big mistake," RND spokesman Seddik Chihab told El Bilad TV. "Extra constitutional forces have seized power in the past few years and ruled state affairs outside a legal framework." Boutefl...
Tags: Science, Rnd, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bouteflika, National Rally for Democracy RND, Seddik Chihab, El Bilad TV Extra


Thousands demonstrate in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

In the first direct public message to the generals from leaders emerging from nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, the National Coordination for Change said the military should "play its constitutional role without interfering in the people's choice". Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20 years, bowed to the protesters last week by announcing he would not stand for another term. "We will not stop our pressure until he (Bouteflika) goes," said student Ali Adjimi, 23.
Tags: Science, Algiers, Bouteflika, National Coordination for Change, Ali Adjimi


Hundreds rally in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

In the first direct message to the army from leaders emerging from nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, the National Coordination for Change said the military should "play its constitutional role without interfering in the people's choice". "We will not stop our pressure until he (Bouteflika) goes," said student Ali Adjimi, 23. The protest leaders issued their statement titled "Platform of Change" late on Monday, demanding that Bouteflika step down before the end of his term on ...
Tags: Science, Algiers, Bouteflika, National Coordination for Change, Ali Adjimi


Thousands rally in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

In the first direct message to the army from leaders emerging from nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, the National Coordination for Change said the military should "play its constitutional role without interfering in the people's choice". Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20 years, bowed to the protesters last week by announcing he would not stand for another term. "We will not stop our pressure until he (Bouteflika) goes," said student Ali Adjimi, 23.
Tags: Science, Algiers, Bouteflika, National Coordination for Change, Ali Adjimi


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


New Algerian group urges Bouteflika to step down, and army not to interfere

A new Algerian group headed by political leaders, opposition figures and activists has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down at the end of his term on April 28, and urged the army not to interfere in politics. In a statement titled "Platform of Change", the National Coordination for Change also pushed the government to resign, after more than three weeks of mass demonstrations against Bouteflika's 20-year rule. Algerian authorities have always been able to manipulate a weak opp...
Tags: Science, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 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


Algerian doctors call for protests against Bouteflika

Algerians are desperate for new leaders to replace Bouteflika and other veterans of the 1954-1962 war of independence against France who dominate the country. The changes have brought no halt to demonstrations under way for more than three weeks against a ruling elite viewed as out of touch with a population suffering from economic hardship and corruption. Bouteflika, 82, has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013, and protesters say he is unfit to rule.
Tags: Science, France, Bouteflika


Algerian unions refuse to support PM's efforts to form government

"We will not hold discussions with this system, we belong to the people and the people said 'No' to the system," Boualem Amora, one of the leaders of the education sector unions, told reporters. Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui has promised to create an inclusive government of technocrats, taking in the military and business representatives, in a country dominated by veterans of the 1954-1962 war of independence against France. Many Algerians, who have been demonstrating for more than three we...
Tags: Science, France, Bouteflika, Noureddine Bedoui, Boualem Amora


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 premier promises broad government, urges dialogue

Noureddine Bedoui laid out his plans at a news conference in Algiers three days after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika announced his decision not to run for a fifth term that would have extended his 20 years in power. Bouteflika's move came after tens of thousands of Algerians staged demonstrations demanding an overhaul of a political system dominated by veterans of the 1954-62 war of independence against colonial power France. "Algerians were expecting Bedoui to provide answers, which he ...
Tags: Science, France, Algiers, Bouteflika, Ahmed Ouyahia, Noureddine Bedoui, Bedoui, Abelaziz Bouteflika, Hassen Zitouni, Reuters NEW GOVERNMENT


New premier urges Algerians to accept dialogue

Noureddine Bedoui laid out his plans at a news conference in Algiers three days after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika announced his decision not to run for a fifth term that would have extended his 20 years in power. Bouteflika's offer came after tens of thousands of Algerians staged demonstrations demanding an overhaul of a stagnant political system dominated by veterans of the 1954-62 war of independence. Prime Minister Bedoui, who replaced Ahmed Ouyahia on Monday, said the new governme...
Tags: Science, Algiers, Bouteflika, Ahmed Ouyahia, Noureddine Bedoui, Bedoui, Abelaziz 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


Algerians celebrate as Bouteflika abandons plan to seek new term

Tens of thousands of people from all social classes have been demonstrating almost daily against Bouteflika's decision to stand in the election, rejecting a stale political system dominated for nearly 60 years by veterans of an independence war against France. "Our protests have borne fruit! We defeated the supporters of the fifth term!" said taxi-driver Mohamed Kaci, 50. Bouteflika, 82, has ruled for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
Tags: Science, France, Bouteflika, Mohamed Kaci


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



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