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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....

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...