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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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Algerians rally for Bouteflika allies to quit too

Algiers, Algeria | AFP | Algerians were gathering Friday for the first mass protests since the resignation of ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a key test of whether the momentum for reform can be maintained. Activists took to social media calling for “joyful demonstrations” to “peacefully bring down a dictatorial regime”. …

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Algeria: from mass protests to Bouteflika resignation

Algiers, Algeria | AFP | Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after the start of unprecedented protests sparked by his bid for a fifth term. His resignation, announced by state television, came shortly after the army demanded the start of impeachment against him. Here is a …

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General Gaid Salah: key figure of power in Algeria

Algiers, Algeria | AFP | Army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s departure, has until now been a faithful supporter of the leader who made him one of Algeria’s most powerful men. Born in 1940 in the Batna region, 300 kilometres (186 miles) southeast of Algiers, …

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Bouteflika party says it backs Algeria protests

Algiers, Algeria | AFP | The party of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Wednesday it supports protesters’ calls for change while backing his call for dialogue to overcome the country’s political crisis. The National Liberation Front (FLN)’s statement comes after cracks emerged within two other pillars of Bouteflika’s regime, key …

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