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Algeria's army chief renews push for presidential election

Jun. 17, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief is stressing the need for political dialogue that would lead to a presidential election, as a people's revolt for democracy remains at an impasse with the government. Ahmed Gaid Salah also said on Monday that a crackdown on "the scourge of corruption"...

Algeria jails second ex-prime minister in corruption sweep

Jun. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Another former Algerian prime minister was jailed Thursday in an anti-corruption sweep — the second one in two days to be sent to prison in the North African nation while his case is being investigated. A statement from the prosecutor's office said Abdelmalek Sellal, in...

Ex-Algerian PM jailed in sweeping anti-corruption campaign

Jun. 12, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia was imprisoned Wednesday by a Supreme Court judge investigating corruption, taken in a police van to a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Numerous journalists saw the van leave the Supreme Court for the prison of El Harrach after...

Algeria cancels July 4 presidential vote, rejects candidates

Jun. 2, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's Constitutional Council on Sunday canceled the July 4 presidential election in this energy-rich North African country, plunged for months in a political crisis, after the two candidates — both unknowns — were rejected. The council said in a statement that it...

Algerians march for 12th week seeking broad political change

May. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters filled the streets of the Algerian capital and other cities on Friday for the 12th consecutive week, and the country's army chief was the prime target of their opposition. In Algiers, people gathered by the hundreds at the landmark Grande Poste building and crowded into a...

Algeria military court jails ex-leader's brother, 2 generals

May. 5, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The influential brother of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and two generals once in charge of intelligence have been jailed while under investigation for plotting against the state, a military tribunal said Sunday. A statement from the tribunal in Blida, south of...

Brother of Algeria's ex-president reported detained

May. 4, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The influential younger brother of Algeria's former longtime president was detained Saturday for questioning along with two generals who previously ran state security agencies, a security official said. The official confirmed Algerian news media reports of Said Bouteflika's...

Algerians rally for 11th week to remove elite from power

May. 3, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Tens of thousands of Algerians rallied for an 11th straight week Friday to maintain pressure on the old guard in government to leave office a month after the country's president of two decades was forced to resign. Demonstrators waving or wrapped in Algeria's national flag repeated...

Algerian ex-prime minister summoned in corruption probe

Apr. 30, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia went before a prosecutor Tuesday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation that has targeted figures in the entourage of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, forced to resign after two decades in office. Ouyahia was questioned on...