Monday 29 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections. Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) and its ruling coalition won a clear majority in the May 4 polls, but turnout was low amid public disillusionment over a tepid economy and allegations of political corruption. The president's office, quoted by national news agency APS, said the move to appoint a new premier came after Sellal submitted his government's resignation to Bouteflika following the sitting of a new national assembly on Tuesday. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who was housing minister in the outgoing government, will replace Sellal, it said.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/08/17)
Algeria on Sunday summoned Tunisia's ambassador in Algiers a few days after a Tunisian minister described Algeria as a communist state, state news agency APS said. The North African neighbors usually have strong security and economic ties with Algeria coordinating with Tunisia to combat Islamist militancy in the region. "Tunisia's ambassador has been received today at the ministry of foreign affairs where he has been asked to provide clarifications about remarks made by a Tunisian minister," the ministry said in a statement on APS. Tunisia's minister for local affairs made a comment that Algeria is a communist
(Xinhuanet 05/08/17)
Algeria on Sunday reiterated the commitment of Libya's neighboring nations to continue their efforts in a bid to help warring parties in Libya to restore peace and reach national reconciliation. "The political agreement reached in 2015 between Libyan warring parties in Morocco should be the corner stone for sustainable resolution to the Libyan crisis," Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, Arab League and African Union, Abdelkader Messahel, told reporters after his talks with Head of the United Nations Support Mission in...
(AFP (eng) 05/05/17)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party and its coalition ally have won a clear majority in parliamentary elections, the interior ministry said Friday of a vote marred by a low turnout. Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) won 164 of the national assembly's 462 seats amid public disillusionment over a tepid economy and allegations of political corruption. The FLN, which has dominated the North African nation's politics since its 1962 independence from France, lost a quarter of the seats it won in...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/05/17)
Algerian voters looked set to hand the ruling FLN and its allies another five-year mandate in a parliamentary election on Thursday overshadowed by low oil prices and concerns over the health of the country's elderly president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Turnout is often low in parliament elections, which many Algerians say offer little change in a system dominated since independence in 1962 by the FLN. Scathing satirical videos on social media captured a mood of apathy among younger voters. The National Liberation Front (FLN) and the pro-government National Rally for Democracy (RND) are widely expected to win against a divided opposition that includes leftists and Islamist party alliances.
(Xinhuanet 05/05/17)
The Algerian ruling parties of the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND) managed grabbed the majority of seats following the Parliamentary polls of Thursday, officials figures showed on Friday. In a press conference held in Algiers on Friday, Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui outlined the official figures of the Parliamentary election of May 4, saying the national turnout reached 38.25 percent. He further specified that FLN grabbed 164 seats out of the 462 seats of the lower...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/17)
Algerians will vote for a new parliament Thursday as the government grapples with soaring unemployment and a deep financial crisis caused by a collapse in oil revenues. But despite the urgent problems facing the North African country, candidates have found a public disillusioned by an opaque political system and what many see as the government's failure to keep its promises. Officials, fearing a low turnout, have spent weeks urging voters to take part in the poll. Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal...
(AFP (eng) 05/02/17)
Algerians go to the polls on Thursday to elect a new parliament amid concerns that a low turnout will mar a vote which officials say is necessary to maintain stability. The election comes as the North African country grapples with a deep financial crisis because of a drop in oil revenues and amid criticism from people who say the government has failed to keep its promises. In a video uploaded on YouTube days before polling day on May 4 and...
(AFP (eng) 05/02/17)
A two-party alliance led by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's National Liberation Front dominates Algeria's parliament. In Thursday's legislative poll the alliance will face an Islamist opposition organised in two main coalitions in a bid to regain ground five years since the worst electoral defeat in their history. - Presidential alliance - Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) and the Rally for National Democracy (RND) led by the president's chief of staff, Ahmed Ouyahia, together enjoy an absolute majority in parliament, which they are expected to retain. The FLN, which was the main player in Algeria's long and bloody struggle for independence from France, alone holds 221 of the national
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/17)
In a sports arena festooned with national flags, Algeria's ruling FLN party pumped up supporters at one final weekend rally before Thursday's parliamentary election with Liberation-era songs and screenings of old speeches by its veteran leader, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Bouteflika, 80, has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013, but the message was clear enough: A vote for FLN is a vote for the stability his supporters say he has delivered to Algeria since it emerged from...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/29/17)
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously backed attempts to restart talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the Western Sahara conflict and has extended its peacekeeping mission for another year. The resolution late on Friday came after the U.N. mission confirmed the Polisario had withdrawn troops from disputed territory's Guerguerat area, where they faced off since last year with Moroccan forces. Rabat pulled back its forces earlier this year. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month called...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
The UN Security Council on Thursday postponed voting on a draft resolution on the Western Sahara conflict amid signs the Polisario Front independence movement was preparing a pullback from a tense zone of the contested territory, a council diplomat said. The US-drafted text included a strong appeal to the Polisario Front to immediately withdraw from the Guerguerat strip, which has become a potential flashpoint between the independence fighters and Moroccan troops. "The council wants to see if there is any...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Algeria's foreign minister has called French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron a "friend" of the country, after the centrist candidate drew criticism for calling France's colonisation a "crime against humanity". In an interview during a visit to Algiers in February, the 39-year-old former economy minister said French actions in Algeria, which achieved independence in 1962 after eight years of war, were "genuinely barbaric". Macron, who is favourite to beat far right leader Marine Le Pen in next month's presidential run-off vote, has since sought to soothe tensions caused by his remarks. Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra told reporters that Macron "is our friend
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
The UN Security Council is expected to vote Thursday on a draft resolution backing a UN bid to re-start talks on settling the decades-old Western Sahara conflict, diplomats said. The draft resolution would also put pressure on the Polisario Front independence movement to immediately withdraw fighters from a tense buffer zone after Morocco pulled back its forces in February, according to the text seen by AFP. The United States circulated the proposed resolution to the Security Council on Monday after...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
Algerian election authorities on Tuesday gave a 48-hour deadline to political parties, ordering them to show female candidates' faces on campaign posters, the state news agency reported. The High Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE) said that parties should change the failed photos or remove the candidates from the vote. Parties in the northern province of Bordj Bou Arreridj had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces in place of photos of female candidates in their campaign posters. "This kind of encroachment...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AFP (eng) 04/11/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is proposing a new diplomatic push to end the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara, possibly by holding a referendum on Morocco's rule over the territory, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday. Guterres said in the report to the United Nations Security Council that he wanted "a new dynamic" and a "new spirit" in negotiations on ending one of the world's most intractable conflicts. "I intend to propose that the negotiating process be...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/11/17)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for new talks over the long-running Western Sahara dispute, saying the negotiations should include proposals from both Morocco and the Polisario independence movement, according to a U.N. document. The U.N. call for a restart to talks came after months of tensions in the disputed territory, which Morocco claims as part of its kingdom and Polisario says belongs to the Sahrawi people who fought a guerrilla war until a 1991 U.N.-backed ceasefire. U.N. attempts to...
(AFP (eng) 04/07/17)
Campaigning starts on Sunday for next month's Algerian parliamentary election as authorities desperately try to persuade disillusioned voters that their opinion counts. "Make your voice heard," reads a slogan on billboards and posters plastered in towns and villages across the North African country. Government-sponsored advertisements play in a continuous loop on television in a bid to attract a larger turnout than about 43 percent for the last legislative poll in 2012. The vote comes amid growing security and economic challenges as well as speculation around who will eventually succeed 80-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika -- although experts say the real decision lies in the hands of the country's secretive elite.

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