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Algeria army orders police to bar protesters from capital

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |  Algeria’s military has ordered police to block protesters from outside the capital from entering Algiers, the army chief said Wednesday, after months of mass rallies. “I have instructed the national gendarmerie to deal with these actions with firmness,” said General Ahmed Gaid Salah, the country’s …

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Algeria army chief says he has ‘no political ambition’

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |  Algeria’s army chief said Wednesday he has “no political ambition”, days after the key powerbroker urged anti-government protesters to take part in presidential polls set for July. “I have personally committed myself repeatedly… to support the Algerian people” who are protesting “as well as the efforts …

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Ailing Bouteflika: Algeria’s longest serving president

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |  Abdelaziz Bouteflika is Algeria’s longest-serving president and a veteran of the independence struggle who has held on to power for some 20 years despite ill health. The 82-year-old survived the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled other leaders in the region. But after weeks of demonstrations …

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Algeria’s Bouteflika to resign ‘before mandate ends’

  Algiers, Algeria | AFP | Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign before his mandate expires on April 28, his office said Monday, after a succession of loyalists deserted him in the face of massive protests. The 82-year-old, who has rarely been seen in public since a 2013 stroke, …

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Algeria’s Bouteflika confirms he will run for 5th term

Algiers, Algeria | 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. Bouteflika uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since …

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