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Algeria: 2 ex-ministers face groundbreaking corruption trial

Dec. 4, 2019 1:30 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former Algerian prime ministers went on trial Wednesday on corruption charges, in the most high-profile act of transparency and accountability since a pro-democracy movement pushed out the long-serving president. The exceptional trial, which is being televised and also involves...

Eggs, protests, apathy mar Algeria’s presidential campaign

Dec. 1, 2019 7:04 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s presidential campaign is in trouble. Candidates are struggling to fill rally venues, campaign managers have quit, voters have pelted campaign headquarters with tomatoes and eggs, and the country’s 9-month-old pro-democracy movement calls the whole thing a...

Protesters in Algeria march in favor of government

Nov. 30, 2019 12:34 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian citizens in support of the government have taken to the streets in demonstrations in several cities across the North African country to show their support for next month’s elections. The Dec. 12 poll has been decried by members of a long-running nationwide protest...

Algerians mark 40th week of anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on the 40th consecutive Friday of increasingly vociferous protests against the North African nation’s leadership, expressing fears that next month’s presidential poll will be rigged. Chanting “No election on Dec. 12!"...

Algeria kicks off presidential campaign, 5 candidates to run

Nov. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s presidential campaign officially kicked off Sunday with five candidates vying to replace the country’s longtime leader, who was pushed out in April amid sustained protests. Two former prime ministers, Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune, are among those...

22 Algerians convicted for waving Berber flag at protests

Nov. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has sentenced 22 young protesters to a year in prison for waving Berber flags at pro-democracy demonstrations that have shaken the country's political system all year. The verdict was handed down early Tuesday after a tense, marathon trial marked by demonstrations...

5 candidates for Algeria's contested presidential vote

Nov. 2, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral body Saturday announced five candidates for the Dec. 12 presidential election, including two former prime ministers and all products of the system challenged by months of pro-democracy protests. The electoral authority validated the candidacies of former prime...

Algerians protest election plan, celebrate independence

Nov. 1, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian police struggled Friday to contain thousands of demonstrators who surged through the capital to protest plans for next month's presidential election and to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the start of Algeria's war for independence from France. Waving Algerian and banned...

Algeria approves 23 presidential candidates for Dec. 12 vote

Oct. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral authority says 23 candidates have qualified for the North African country's controversial presidential vote on Dec 12. The election comes eight months after strongman former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the spring after months of mass protests....