Low turnout recorded as Algerians vote in parliamentary elections

Algeria held parliamentary elections on Saturday that the ruling establishment hopes will turn a page on political unrest amid a crackdown on dissent, but even by mid afternoon few people had voted. Two years after mass demonstrations forced a veteran president to step down in Algeria’s biggest political crisis for decades, the authorities are still… Read More Low turnout recorded as Algerians vote in parliamentary elections

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issues pardon to protest movement activists

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday issued his first pardon for members of the protest movement that toppled veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year, the presidency said. Elected last December, Tebboune has already urged protesters to opt for dialogue and promised appeasement measures to ensure stability in the OPEC member and gas-exporting country. He has… Read More Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issues pardon to protest movement activists

Thousands march in protest as former PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune elected as Algerian president

A former prime minister was elected Algeria’s new president in a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but protesters who toppled his predecessor marched again on Friday, vowing their movement would not stop. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, campaigned as a technocrat who had proven his integrity by being sacked for falling out with… Read More Thousands march in protest as former PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune elected as Algerian president

Algerian protesters demand cancellation of December 12 presidential election

Hundreds of Algerians marched in the capital Algiers late on Wednesday, stepping up pressure on the authorities to cancel a December 12 presidential election. Weekly protests have taken place on Tuesdays and Fridays since February, but demonstrators appear eager to increase their street presence in the run up to the vote. Marching through the main… Read More Algerian protesters demand cancellation of December 12 presidential election

Algerian police arrests former intelligence chiefs, brother of former president

Algerian police have arrested Said Bouteflika, the youngest brother of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and two former intelligence chiefs, Generals Bachir Athmane Tartag and Mohamed Mediene, security sources said on Saturday. No more details were available, and there was no immediate comment from police. The sources were confirming an earlier report from Ennahar TV. Said… Read More Algerian police arrests former intelligence chiefs, brother of former president

Hundreds of thousands protest against ruling elite in Algeria

Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the departure of Algeria’s ruling elite rallied peacefully in Algiers for a tenth consecutive Friday. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down after 20 years in power this month, bowing to pressure from the army and weeks of demonstrations mainly by young people seeking change. “The system must go” and “We… Read More Hundreds of thousands protest against ruling elite in Algeria

Prosecutors arrest five billionaires in Algeria’s anti-graft probe

Algeria’s wealthiest businessman and four other billionaires close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, state TV said on Monday. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation, who is especially active in the food and… Read More Prosecutors arrest five billionaires in Algeria’s anti-graft probe