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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...

Algeria's Constitutional Council: July 4 presidential vote cancelled since it rejected 2 candidates who tried to run

Jun. 2, 2019 7:50 AM EDT
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's Constitutional Council: July 4 presidential vote cancelled since it rejected 2 candidates who tried to run.

Algerian human rights militant dies on hunger strike

May. 28, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian human rights militant who went on a hunger strike after being jailed in March in the southern city of Ghardaia has died. The lawyer for Kamel Eddine Fekhar, a doctor in Ghardaia, which is where much of Algeria's minority Mozabite population lives, died on Tuesday in a...

Algerians hold anti-government protest, jump on police vans

May. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance. Security forces earlier fired tear gas into the crowd in Algiers to keep them out of the...

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...

Algerian military jails prominent politician, raising worry

May. 9, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military court has detained a prominent left-wing politician as it investigates an alleged plot against the country's leadership. A statement from the Workers Party says its general secretary Louisa Hanoune was ordered held in custody Thursday at the military court in...

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...