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Pandemic worsens plight of Middle East prisoners

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |¬†¬†As governments in the Middle East isolate their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attention is turning to the region’s jails, where detainees face a more punishing form of lockdown. “Because of the pandemic, confinement is an additional punishment for the prisoners,” said Kaddour Chouicha, …

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Algeria’s Bouteflika languishes at home a year after his fall

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†¬†A year after the unexpected downfall of Algeria’s longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing octogenarian remains holed up in his plush and medically adapted home, with his detractors still demanding justice. Bouteflika assumed the presidency in 1999, reigning omnipresent over Algeria’s political life until a stroke …

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Algerians to mobilise to mark protest movement’s first birthday

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†¬†Algeria this weekend marks a year since the birth of an unprecedented protest movement known as “Hirak” — one that quickly forced an ailing president from power and is now looking to maintain momentum. Anti-regime protesters and groups have designated Friday and Saturday a landmark moment, …

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Regime stalwart elected Algeria president, angering protesters

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†¬†A former ally of Algeria’s deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of the protest-wracked country in a widely boycotted vote, sparking another outpouring of anger on the streets Friday. Huge crowds massed once again in Algiers vowing to keep up their campaign for the total …

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Protests, unrest mar Algeria’s disputed presidential vote

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†¬†Algeria held a tense presidential election Thursday meant to bring stability after a year of turmoil, but voting was marred as protesters stormed polling stations and staged a mass rally in the capital. The unpopular vote comes almost 10 months into a street protest movement that …

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Algerian anti-election marchers vote with their feet

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†¬†Algerians are due to elect a new president next month but a huge protest movement bitterly rejects the vote, fearing it will cement in power politicians close to the disgraced old guard. Candidates have been loudly heckled during rare and low-key campaign events and their posters …

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Algeria’s protest movement enters 7th month and going strong

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |¬†Algerians on Friday were back on the streets demanding an overhaul of the political system as the country’s protest movement entered a seventh month with no let-up in sight. Crowds of demonstrators who thronged the capital and key cities across the North African nation rallied to …

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What lies behind Algeria arrests of Bouteflika clan?

Paris, France | AFP |¬†What lies behind the arrests of the powerful brother of Algeria’s deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and two former intelligence chiefs? The three have long been considered among the most powerful men in Algeria, but they are now facing charges including “conspiring” against the state. – Who …

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Algeria announces election as protests keep up pressure

Alger, Algeria | AFP |¬†Algeria will head to the polls in July, the presidency announced Wednesday, as demonstrators kept up protests against the ruling elite following veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation. Presidential elections will be held on July 4, interim leader Abdelkader Bensalah’s office said, just hours after he pledged …

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