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Algerian ex-president's brother, former spy bosses convicted

Sep. 25, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military court in Algeria on Wednesday sentenced the brother of the country's longtime former leader and two ex-intelligence chiefs to 15 years in prison for plotting against the state. The overnight ruling against men who once wielded immense power in Africa's largest country...

Top Algerian figures go on military trial for alleged plot

Sep. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military tribunal on Monday opened the unprecedented trial of a brother of the country's longtime former president and two ex-intelligence chiefs, accusing them of plotting against the state. Heavy security, with roadblocks leading to the courthouse in Blida, south of...

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though this...

Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

Sep. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has ordered a clampdown on those who head into the capital for weekly demonstrations. In a speech Wednesday at an army barracks in the south of the gas-rich nation, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said members of the military — or gendarmes — should arrest...

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Sep. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address...

Algeria protesters jailed before speech by interim president

Sep. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has jailed 22 citizens detained during a protest march two days ago in a new sign that authorities may be trying to put the brakes on a pro-democracy movement demonstrating weekly for nearly seven months. The TSA online media outlet reported the incarcerations on...

Algerian army chief wants new election; protesters want more

Sep. 14, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is at a harrowing political impasse. Africa's largest country hasn't had an elected president for five months, and the powerful army chief wants to change that by holding an election, which he hopes will quell long-running protests he sees as a threat to his energy-rich...

Algerians protest over plan for swift elections

Sep. 6, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters piled once again onto the streets of the Algerian capital and other cities Friday with many rejecting the army chief's call for presidential elections before the end of the year. This week's pro-democracy protest, the 29th in a row, is seen as a test...

Algeria army chief wants presidential election in December

Sep. 2, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief says that the date of the nation's long-delayed presidential election should be announced on Sept. 15 to quickly pull the nation out of political limbo. By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote. The official...