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
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Opinion/Column: Time to broaden our suspicions of Algeria - The Daily Progress

Opinion/Column: Time to broaden our suspicions of Algeria
The Daily Progress
Cheurfi was of Algerian descent, born in a Paris suburb. The Washington Post reported he had a criminal record and was known to authorities. His rap sheet included four arrests and convictions since 2003. He had spent nearly 14 years in prison for ...

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Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe - Open Democracy

Open Democracy

Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe
Open Democracy
The actual denial of France's painful history in Algeria goes even beyond the amnesia of British colonialism. For young French people who are denied the truth about their past, actively lied to, this is a crime. And it is particularly so for the ...
Algeria calls Macron a 'friend' after colonialism commentsMiddle East Eye
Can French-Algerians sway France's tight presidential election?Al-Arabiya
What the French Elections Say About Their Colonial HistoryNewsweek
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Morocco, Algeria Summon Envoys Over Syrian Refugees - The Wire - The Wire

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GE Power's $3 billion deal creates hundreds of jobs in Algeria ... - Reuters

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Algeria edges towards Islamic finance as energy income dives - Gulf Times

Gulf Times

Algeria edges towards Islamic finance as energy income dives
Gulf Times
When experts in Islamic banking gathered earlier this year at a state-run hotel in Algiers to share their experiences on Shariah-compliant finance, no one from.
Growing concern in Algeria over Libya's deepening crisis and its ...North Africa Journal
Algeria highlights political settlement to end war in Libya - Xinhua ...Xinhua

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GE signs landmark power deal with Algeria's Sonelgaz - Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia

GE signs landmark power deal with Algeria's Sonelgaz
Trade Arabia
GE has signed a landmark deal with Algeria's Sonelgaz which aims to boost Algeria's power sector, drive local industrial capacity building and digital industrial transformation. GE is collaborating with Sonelgaz SPE, a subsidiary of Sonelgaz, in the ...

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Algeria FM calls Macron a 'friend' after colonialism furore - The Daily Star

Algeria FM calls Macron a 'friend' after colonialism furore
The Daily Star
ALGIERS: Algeria's foreign minister has called French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron a "friend" of the country, after the centrist candidate drew criticism for calling France's colonisation a "crime against humanity". In an interview during a ...

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Algerian Discontent from Moroccan Accusations - ASHARQ AL ... - Asharq Al-awsat English

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Algerian Discontent from Moroccan Accusations - ASHARQ AL ...
Asharq Al-awsat English
Indigenous Sahrawi girls play near their tent in a refugee camp of Al Smara in Tindouf, southern Algeria March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra.
Why Some Moroccan Press Should Use "Western SaharaMorocco World News
The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, a king's ...Sahara News

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Algerian police tell pregnant woman to go back to husband after he ... - The Independent

The Independent

Algerian police tell pregnant woman to go back to husband after he ...
The Independent
Police in Algeria told a pregnant woman to go back to her husband after he punched her and threw her against a wall, according to a Human Rights Watch ...
Algeria: Inadequate Response to Domestic Violence | Human Rights ...Human Rights Watch

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New Algeria coach Lucas Alcaraz outlines his vision - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

New Algeria coach Lucas Alcaraz outlines his vision
BBC Sport
The 50-year-old becomes Algeria's fourth full-time coach in the last 13 months and dismissed talk about his lack of international experience. "Before coaching in La Liga I didn't have any experience either. I have never run a national team but I'm not ...