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  • Algeria: Parliamentarians to Vote On Draft Revised Constitution

    ALGIERS, 2016/02/09 The draft constitutional revision, initiated by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will be submitted Sunday to a vote by the two Parliament Houses, to sit in appropriate session at the Palais des Nations in Algiers. The parliament will have to vote on the draft Constitution in its entirety, which contains 74 amendments and 38 new articles. The voting plenary session will be chaired by Abdelkader Bensalah, Chairman of the Council of the Country, in his capacity as President of Parliament, in accordance with the law establishing the organization and functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
  • New York Times asks Who Runs Algeria?

    ALGERIA, 2016/01/05 Finally, the International media has begun to pay attention to the volatile political and security situation in Algeria. In its December 23 edition, the influential American daily the New York Times published an article “doubting that the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika” is running his country. As French news outlets keep avoiding this subject, it is presently up to the Moroccan and American media to highlight the dangers of a potential collapse of the Algerian national on oil prices, war on terrorism and stability in North Africa, Southern Europe and the Sahel. Citing the jailing of three generals, inclunding General Hassan, the deputy chief of the intelligence service responsible for counterterrorism, and the dismissal of several dozen officers since the summer, the New York Times states that “the power struggle within the closed circle that has ruled Algeria for decades has spilled into the open in recent weeks, with accusations of a soft coup, as questions intensify about the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.”
  • Algeria is a "strongly involved" country in promoting peace and security in the Sahel region

    ALGERIA, 2015/08/19 Algeria is a "strongly involved" country in promoting peace and security in the Sahel region, inclunding Mali and Libya, Secretary General of the Niger Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Niger community abroad Sani Ibrahim Abani stressed Sunday in Algiers. In a statement to the press next his conference with Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry Abdelhamid Senouci Bereksi, Sani Abani welcomed the involvement of Algeria in restoring peace and security in Mali crowned by the signing of the peace and reconciliation agreement, and its contribution to seeking a definitive solution to the Libyan crisis. The Niger official said talks with his Algerian counterpart allowed to review the national of bilateral cooperation, noting that the visit made in January by President of Niger (Mahamadou Issoufou) to Algeria allowed him to have "fruitful discussions" with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
  • Algerian-Niger BBC Meeting - Three-Sub Committees Set Up to Boost Border Cooperation

    NIGER, 2015/08/01 Three sub committees on issues of security of people and property, socio-economic affairs and administrative cooperation have been set up Thursday in Niamey, during the conference of the Algerian-Niger Bilateral Border Committee (BBC). Made up of experts and representatives of different sectors, the subcommittees will assess the implementation of the recommendations of the last session held in Algiers in December 2011, an official of the Ministry of Interior and Local Assemblies, Mohamed Akli Akretche told APS. The conference of the BBC "is of paramount importance" as it allows officials from both nations to meet in order to consolidate decentralized bilateral cooperation to which the highest authorities of both nations attach "great interest," according to the same official.
  • The re-election of the Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika,

    ALGIERS, 2014/04/22 The re-election of the Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for a fourth term, dominated the media in France this week. The election, held 17 April, 2014, saw the incumbent Bouteflika winning with 82% of the vote. He will therefore begin an extra five-year term. The newspaper, L’Humanité, under the headline, 'Bouteflika, winner in a disputed election', reported that about 90% of Algerians did not take part in the poll, adding that the rival opponent, Ali Benflis, had alleged “critical irregularities' and “massive fraud' in the polls.
  • Algeria: President Reshuffles Cabinet

    ALGIERS, 2013/09/20 Just months ahead of the Algerian presidential elections, Abdelaziz Bouteflika made key changes to his cabinet on Wednesday (September 11th). Under the reshuffle announced by President Bouteflika, General Ahmed Gaid Salah will serve as both deputy defence minister and army chief. Constitutional Council Chairman Tayeb Belaiz replaces Dahou Ould Kablia as interior minister. Ramtane Lamamra is the new foreign minister, while Tayeb Louh swaps his labour ministry position for the justice portfolio.
  • Former Algerian finance minister Ali Benouari

    ALGERIA, 2013/07/20  Former Algerian finance minister Ali Benouari said he wants to "run for president" in his country's 2014 elections, according to an interview with a Swiss daily on Friday. Speaking from Geneva, his home for the completed 27 years, Benouari told La Tribune de Geneve that he would stand but admitted he had not expected to "announce his candidacy from Switzerland". The former minister, 62, said he "thought he could infuse modernity into the debate" by running for office. He added that he expected "free elections".
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.
  • President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    ALGERIA, 2013/06/02 President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is recovering well in Paris and will return any minute at this time to Algeria, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Wednesday. Bouteflika, 76, was flown to Paris for treatment about three weeks ago following a mini-stroke and speculation has been rife about the national of his health. French authorities said Tuesday he been transferred from the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris to a new facility “to continue his convalescence” following treatment.
  • Mideast Issues High On IMF Agenda

    EGYPT, 2013/05/07 The challenges facing Arab nations in transition -Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen-were a focal point for policymakers during the 2013 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington last week. The meetings brought together ministers and top officials inclunding representatives of civil society, media, academia, and the private sector from amount over the world to discuss the critical issues facing the world economy, with Middle East issues high on the schedule. Along with discussions with country delegations, IMF officials participated in regional and world forums with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).