Algeria

Algerians protest against interim president

ALGIERS, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Algerians on Friday staged wide scale marches to reject the appointment of Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president.

The marches were conducted across Algeria, while the largest one was in the capital city of Algiers where millions took to the street to demand the departure of the current interim president and members of the care-taking cabinet.

Bouteflika ally named Algeria's first new president in 20 years

9 Apr 2019; AFP: Algerian lawmakers appointed a regime stalwart as interim president Tuesday, dismaying protesters seeking sweeping change after the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika who ruled the country for two decades.

The selection of upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as Algeria's first new president in 20 years followed constitutional rules but went against the demands of demonstrators pushing for him and other top politicians to stand down.

Algeria president says to resign before April 28

ALGIERS, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he will resign before his term ends on April 28, said a statement from the presidency carried by the official APS news agency.

"The resignation of President Bouteflika will occur before April 28, the date of the end of his term in office," said the statement.

Algerian president Bouteflika announces new gov't amid protests

ALGIERS, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced a new caretaker government amid weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, the country's national television said on Sunday night.

Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who took office on March 11, will head the new administration, the state TV reported.

Algerian army chief calls for presidency to be vacated

26 Mar 2019; DW: Algerian army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah on Tuesday called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be removed from office by using articles of the constitution.

The North African country has been rocked by more than a month of protests calling for Bouteflika to step down in order to pave the way for a democratic overhaul of Algeria's political system.

Algeria: President Bouteflika finally promises to stand down

12 Mar 2019; DW: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Monday that he would not run for a fifth term after weeks of demonstrations across the North African country.

The presidency also announced via the official APS news agency that the country's national election, originally scheduled for April 18, would be postponed pending a national conference on political and constitutional reform.

Protests in Algeria as president moves closer to 5th run

04 Mar 2019; DW: Amid street protests, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika vowed not to serve a full term if re-elected for the 5th time. The so-called "living dead" leader is rarely seen in public. His pledge was made in a letter.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has promised to call for new elections within one year if re-elected in April, Algerian state television said on Sunday.

63 injured, 45 arrested in Algeria's anti-gov't protest

ALGIERS, March 1 (Xinhua) -- As many as 56 police officers and seven citizens were injured during Friday's massive anti-government protest in Algeria, local police department said in a statement.

Despite peaceful marches, the demonstrators were intruded by groups of troublemakers and rubbers, who stole money from a fuel station in downtown Algiers.

They also set fire on two vehicles and vandalized facades of a state-run bank and Djazair Hotel, near the neighborhood of El Mouradia, where the presidency's headquarters were located.

Algeria's Bouteflika confirms run for 5th term

10 Feb 2019; AFP: Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared he will seek a fifth term in April elections in a message published by state media Sunday, after he was endorsed by his party and the ruling coalition.

The 81-year-old head of state uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

Algeria, France ink new deal on extradition of criminals

ALGIERS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Algeria and France on Sunday signed a new convention for the extradition of criminals as part of the judicial and security cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement was signed by visiting French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet and her Algerian counterpart Tayeb Louh in the capital Algiers, Algeria Press Service (APS) reported.

It covers cooperation in the areas of mutual legal assistance, counter-terrorism and information exchange, APS said.

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