Blog archive: Algeria

  • 28th November 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid preparations for a highly contentious presidential election in Algeria, the authorities have arrested Abdelhamid Amine, an artist who does satirical paintings and cartoons. Amine (@Nime_BD on Twitter) was taken into custody on Tuesday when plainclothes police raided his workplace in...
  • 13th October 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Where is Gaïd Salah? That's the question many Algerians are asking. Following the resignation of President Bouteflika last April military chief Salah emerged as the regime's dominant figure but now he has suddenly vanished from sight. Theories abound, but evidence is scarce. According to the...
  • 19th September 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The political crisis in Algeria is about to take a turn for the worse as the authorities attempt subdue street protests ahead of a presidential election. On Wednesday Gaïd Salah, the army's chief of staff, ordered police to stop buses and cars transporting demonstrators into the capital for...
  • 16th September 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a controversial move aimed at ending seven months of street protests, the Algerian authorities announced on Sunday that a presidential election will be held on 12 December. The announcement – which appears to have been made at the behest of Gaïd Salah, the country's influential...
  • 14th September 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The protests in Algeria that began in February show no signs of fizzling out. On Friday, for the 30th week in succession, tens of thousands demonstrated in the capital and other cities – reportedly in increased numbers. According to the local TSA website it was the largest turnout since 5...
  • 9th September 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Last Friday, for the 29th week in succession, demonstrators took to the streets of Algiers. It's now five months since they achieved their initial goal – triggering the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after more than 20 years in power – but their demands go far beyond that. They...
  • 11th May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For the twelfth consecutive Friday, protesters took to the streets in Algeria yesterday, continuing their battle to dismantle Le Pouvoir – the corrupt network of political, military and business elites that has ruled the country for decades. Tens of thousands demonstrated in Oran, Tizi Ouzou...
  • 2nd April 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Algerians who have been demonstrating on the streets for more than a month appear to have achieved their primary goal of toppling President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. On Monday the official news agency reported that the 82-year-old president will resign "before 28 April" – the date when his...
  • 13th March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Protesters returned to the streets of Algeria with renewed anger on Tuesday, accusing President Bouteflika of trickery. For a brief moment on Monday night it seemed that their key demand had been granted, and that the 82-year-old president, who is in poor health, would not after...
  • 12th March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The strikes and street protests seen in Algeria over the last couple of weeks bore fruit on Monday with the announcement that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is 82 and in poor health, will not be seeking a fifth term in office after all. At first sight, this is a significant victory for the...
  • 11th March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks at a hospital in Switzerland for what were described as routine medical tests. His plane arrived at a secluded military airfield outside the capital where there was no official welcoming ceremony. He was then whisked...
  • 4th March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Algeria's 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was formally nominated yesterday for a fifth term in office, even though the current constitution says he is limited to two terms. Bouteflika, who is in poor health and uses a wheelchair, is reported to be in Switzerland for medical...

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