Algeria

Country Algeria
Capital Algiers
Continent Africa
Currency Algerian dinar(DZD)
Languages Arabic

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Introduction

After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has dominated politics ever since. Many Algerians in the subsequent generation were not satisfied, however, and moved to counter the FLN's centrality in Algerian politics. The surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting spurred the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. The government later allowed elections featuring pro-government and moderate religious-based parties, but this did not appease the activists who progressively widened their attacks. The fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense fighting between 1992-98 resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent and was reelected in a landslide victory in 2004. BOUTEFLIKA was overwhelmingly reelected to a third term in 2009 after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qai'da to form al-Qai'da in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings - including high-profile, mass-casualty suicide attacks targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests.

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Algeria - Wikipedia
Algeria - CIA World Fact Book
Algeria - BBC
Algeria - Timeline - BBC

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Algeria's Said Chitour - spy or journalist? - BBC News

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Algeria's Said Chitour - spy or journalist?
BBC News
The family of Algerian journalist Said Chitour has been desperately trying to secure his release since he was arrested on espionage charges after visiting Spain, writes the BBC's Lucy Ash. When I worked with Chitour, what I remember most is his throaty ...

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Former player Rabah Madjer returns as Algeria coach - BBC Sport - BBC Sport

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Former player Rabah Madjer returns as Algeria coach - BBC Sport
BBC Sport
Algeria bring back former player Rabah Madjer as their new national coach, succeeding Lucas Alcaraz who was sacked after their failure to qualify for the World ...
World Cup Qualifier: Algeria to take Eagles to Blida - Vanguard NewsVanguard
Algeria restore Madjer to the helmFourFourTwo (blog)
Algeria Moves Dead Rubber Clash with Eagles to BlidaTHISDAY Newspapers
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“We're hungry, we're thirsty, but we're afraid whenever we go out to get something because they're arresting people.” - VICE News

“We're hungry, we're thirsty, but we're afraid whenever we go out to get something because they're arresting people.”
VICE News
The sudden surge in migrant roundups has alarmed human rights monitors throughout the region, which warn Algeria that it may be violating United Nations and African Union conventions on migrant protections. In a letter to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ...



NASS engages Algerian parliament for improved bilateral relations - Vanguard

NASS engages Algerian parliament for improved bilateral relations
Vanguard
He expressed readiness of the Nigerian parliament to visit Algeria for detailed discussions on the way forward in relations between both countries. According to Saraki, the visit will afford Nigeria and Algeria the opportunity to discuss extensively on ...

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Mikel, Ighalo ready to play in Algeria - Vanguard News - Vanguard

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Mikel, Ighalo ready to play in Algeria - Vanguard News
Vanguard
Contrary to reports that China-based Super Eagles duo, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo may not be needed by coach Gernot Rohr for their last World Cup ...
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Algeria: Algeria bought 660,000 tonnes wheat in tender - traders ... - Times of India

Algeria: Algeria bought 660,000 tonnes wheat in tender - traders ...
Times of India
PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Algeria's state grains agency OAIC bought 660,000 tonnes of optional-origin milling wheat in an import tender that closed on Tuesday, ...

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Algeria Adds Voice to Calls for OPEC to Continue Production Cuts - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Algeria Adds Voice to Calls for OPEC to Continue Production Cuts
Wall Street Journal
LONDON—Algeria wants OPEC to prolong its production cuts, the country's state oil-company chief said, adding to expectations the cartel will keep withholding supplies from the market. “I think it is desirable and probable to conduct an extension ...



'Helicopter Money' Helps Algeria Hold Off Economic Collapse, But For How Long? - World Politics Review

World Politics Review

'Helicopter Money' Helps Algeria Hold Off Economic Collapse, But For How Long?
World Politics Review
When Algeria's newly appointed prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, addressed parliament last month, he ominously declared that his government would be insolvent by November. Three years of low oil prices had rapidly expanded the country's budget deficit ...
Algeria takes steps to boost economic recoveryXinhua

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EU wheat eases as Algeria tender fails to stir market - Times of India

EU wheat eases as Algeria tender fails to stir market
Times of India
PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - European wheat futures fell on Wednesday, adjusting to weakness in Chicago, in a subdued session during which news of a large purchase by Algeria failed to bring fresh impetus. December milling wheat on the Paris-based ...

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Algeria: Laws to Prevent 'Alteration' of Citizens' Religious Convictions - Asharq Al-awsat English (blog)

Asharq Al-awsat English (blog)

Algeria: Laws to Prevent 'Alteration' of Citizens' Religious Convictions
Asharq Al-awsat English (blog)
Algiers – Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Mohammed Eisa warned of sectarian efforts to break the religious principles of Algerian society, ...

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