Connect to share and comment

Campaign kicks off in Algeria's contested presidential vote

Campaigning for Algeria's April 17 presidential election begins Sunday as criticism mounts of a bid by incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika to clinch a fourth term despite concerns over his health. The president rejected such concerns in a message to the nation Saturday, insisting he was fit to govern and had decided to run in answer to persistent calls from Algerians. "It is my duty to respond positively, because never in my life have I shied away from the call of duty," he said.

Algeria's six presidential candidates

Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to clinch a fourth term. Below are short profiles of the six candidates: - Abdelaziz Bouteflika - Bouteflika, 77, first came to power in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2009 after having amended the constitution to allow him to stand again. He is credited with helping end Algeria's civil war in the 1990s that killed 200,000.

Algeria PM to run Bouteflika re-election campaign

Algeria's leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is running for re-election appointed Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi as interim premier Thursday while outgoing Abdelmalek Sellal was tasked with running the ailing president's campaign. The mini cabinet re-shuffle, which also saw former premier Ahmed Ouyahia named director of the president's office, comes just weeks before the election, which is likely to see the 77-year-old president secure a fourth term, despite serious concerns about his health.

Algeria PM to run Bouteflika re-election campaign, new premier named

Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi as interim premier on Thursday, as outgoing Abdelmalek Sellal was formally tasked with running the ailing president's campaign for re-election next month. The mini cabinet re-shuffle, which also saw former premier Ahmed Ouyahia named director of the president's office, came just weeks ahead of the election, which is likely to see the 77-year-old president secure a fourth term, despite serious concerns about his health.

Bouteflika among six runners in Algeria presidential poll

Six candidates including long-time incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika have been approved to run in Algeria's April 17 presidential election, the head of a constitutional panel announced on Thursday. Mourad Medelci, in a statement read out on public radio, listed the other candidates as Abdelaziz Belaid, Ali Benflis -- an independent who is considered the main challenger to Bouteflika -- Moussa Touati, Louisa Hanoune and Ali Fawzi Rebaine. The panel ruled out six other hopefuls. bur-amb/hc/srm

Cartoonist acquitted of mocking Algeria president

An Algerian cartoonist, prosecuted over an unpublished drawing poking fun at ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek reelection, was acquitted on Tuesday, his lawyer told AFP. "Djamel Ghanem was acquitted. Justice has been done after all the irregularities there were in this case. I'm very happy," lawyer Youcef Dilem said. Ghanem was accused at the criminal court in Oran last month of insulting the president, with the prosecution demanding an 18-month prison sentence and a 30,000 dirham (280 euro) fine.

Algerian women remember their civil war dead

Several dozen Algerians marked International Women's Day Saturday with a demonstration in Algiers to remember hundreds of women killed by Islamists in the 1990s. The families of people who disappeared during the civil war that rocked the North African country held a separate protest to demand the truth about what had happened to their loved ones. "No to forgetting all the women killed" during the 1992-2002 civil war, rights activist Dr Fadhela Chitour told AFP.

Algeria's Bouteflika, a veteran dogged by controversy

Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is to seek a fourth presidential term in an April election, helped to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests. One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, the 76-year-old first came to power in 1999, but has been dogged by ill health and corruption scandals. He has also never freed himself from the pervasive control of the unelected military, despite being determined to roll back its power and that of intelligence leaders who have dominated Algerian politics since independence.

Algeria president backs army after party chief tirade

Ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika strongly backed the army Tuesday following demands from the ruling party leader that the veteran military intelligence chief quit over alleged security failings. It was Bouteflika's first official response to the unprecedented public criticism of the secretive DRS military intelligence agency by National Liberation Front (FLN) leader Amar Saidani, a key supporter of the president standing for re-election in April.

Former FLN party chief to run for Algerian presidency

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Ali Benflis, a former leader of Algeria's ruling FLN party, announced on Sunday he would run in the April 17 elections, in which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has yet to say whether he will seek a fourth term. Bouteflika returned home on Thursday from a visit to a Paris hospital for check-ups after suffering a stroke early last year.
Syndicate content