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Protesters take to the streets in the capital Algiers to reject the presidential elections and protest against the government, in Algeria, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

Algeria's newly elected president names a prime minister

Dec. 28, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's newly elected president reached beyond the political class Saturday to name educator and diplomat Abdelaziz Djerad as prime minister. Djerad said his top challenge is “recovering confidence in our society,” the official APS news agency reported. President...

People gather during the funeral Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah,  in Algiers, Algeria, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Algeria is holding an elaborate military funeral for the general who was the de facto ruler of the gas-rich country amid political turmoil throughout this year. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

Algeria buries military chief, de facto ruler amid protests

Dec. 25, 2019 1:00 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria held an elaborate military funeral Wednesday for the general who was the gas-rich country's de facto ruler amid political turmoil throughout this year. Big crowds packed the route of the funeral cortege Wednesday to pay homage to Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, chief of the armed...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 1, 2018 file picture Algeria's army chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah presides a military parade in Algiers. Algerian state media says the country's powerful military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah has died. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul, File)

Algeria's military chief Gaid Salah dies amid protest crisis

Dec. 23, 2019 8:44 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, who was instrumental in pushing out the gas-rich country's long-serving president amid pro-democracy protests earlier this year, died unexpectedly Monday at age 79. Gaid Salah's death thrusts Algeria into new political...

Algerian students take to the streets in the capital Algiers to reject the presidential elections and protest against the government, in Algiers, Algeria, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Algeria's Constitutional Council has confirmed Abdelkader Tebboune as the new president of Africa's largest country for the next five years — despite mass protests challenging his election. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

Algeria inaugurates new president rejected by protesters

Dec. 19, 2019 8:53 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's new president pledged Thursday to introduce presidential term limits and bring more young people into politics, as he tries to win over a pro-democracy movement that boycotted his election and forced out his long-serving predecessor. The gas-rich North African nation...

Newly elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune speaks during a press conference Friday, Dec.13, 2019 in Algiers. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister and loyalist of the influential army chief, was declared the oil-rich nation's new president in an election boycotted by members of the vibrant pro-democracy movement. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum,)

Ex-PM elected Algeria's new president, to protesters' dismay

Dec. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria newly-elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune vowed after his victory was announced Friday to reach out to pro-democracy protesters, who massively took to the streets to challenge his election at the head of the oil-rich nation crippled by rampant corruption. Tebboune, a...

Presidential candidate Abdelaziz Belaid casts his ballot inside a polling station, in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Five candidates have their eyes on becoming the next president of Algeria - without a leader since April - in Thursday's contentious election boycotted by a massive pro-democracy movement. (AP Photo)

Algerians choose leader as pro-democracy movement boycotts

Dec. 12, 2019 8:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians — without a leader since April — voted on Thursday for a new president in an election marked by protests, scattered violence and a boycott by the massive pro-democracy movement that ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Thousands of protesters filled the...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019 file photo, people demonstrate with anti-election posters in Algiers. Algeria's powerful army chief promises that a presidential election on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 will define the contours of a new era for a nation where the highest office has stood vacant for eight months. The tenacious pro-democracy movement which forced leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years in power doesn't trust the confident claim and is boycotting the vote. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum, File)

Algeria election may bring new era or continued protests

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s powerful army chief promises that a presidential election on Thursday will chart a new era for a nation where the highest office has stood vacant for eight months. The tenacious pro-democracy movement which forced leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years...

FILES - In this, Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, left, listens in Algierss while in the Dec.4, 2014 file photo, former Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal leaves the Elysee palace in Paris. The two former Algerian prime ministers have been convicted and sentenced to prison for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial. Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years in prison and $16,000 in fines. Abdelmalek Sellal was sentenced to 12 years in prison and $8,000 in fines. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul, Remy de la Mauviniere, Files)

Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country's political system. The verdict came amid high...

People demonstrate with anti-election posters in Algiers, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Algeria's 9-month-old mass movement believes the presidential Dec.12 poll is a sham and fear it will be rigged in favor of the old regime. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum)

Algeria's presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers

Dec. 7, 2019 6:02 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's first-ever presidential debate seems to have failed to persuade the country's pro-democracy protesters to take part in next week's election. The five candidates recited their platforms instead of sparring over ideas in the Friday night debate — and they didn't even...

People watch the trial of former Algerian Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, in a cafe of Algiers, Wednesday, Dec.4, 2019. Ahmed Ouyahia, who was forced out as prime minister in March as protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika escalated, and his predecessor Abdelmalek Sellal, are facing questions Wednesday and face corruption charges. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

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...