Algeria

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

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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 bans women working in public sector from wearing full-face veils - The Independent (blog)

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Algeria bans women working in public sector from wearing full-face veils
The Independent (blog)
Algerian leader Ahmed Ouahiya has banned women working in the country's public sector from wearing full-face veils, also known as niqabs. In a letter sent to ministers and regional governors on Thursday, the country's prime minister said the need for ...
Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils in administrationNews24
Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils at work | ReutersReuters
Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils at workThe Indian Express

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RUGBY TEAM READY FOR ALGERIA - ZNBC

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RUGBY TEAM READY FOR ALGERIA
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Zambia National Rugby Team Coach Lawrence Njovu says his team is ready. for the Africa Gold Cup qualifier against Algeria set for Mufulira on Saturday. Njovu says his team has been beefed up by players from the 7's national team. He told ZNBC Sports in ...



AFRIMA To Present 2-Year Report In Algeria - P.M. News

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AFRIMA To Present 2-Year Report In Algeria
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The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will present a two-year report of activities of the foremost awards event on the continent during the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS3) ...



Algeria Bans the Niqab in the Workplace - Egyptian Streets

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Algeria Bans the Niqab in the Workplace
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Algerian authorities banned women from wearing the full-face veil, also known as the niqab, at work due to problems of identification, reports Reuters. The government released a statement on October 18 titled 'The duties of employees and public ...
Algeria Outlaws Burqas, Niqabs for Women at WorkMENAFN.COM

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Dutch Ambassador inaugurates Mooij Agro Potato Storage in Algeria - PotatoPro

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Dutch Ambassador inaugurates Mooij Agro Potato Storage in Algeria
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October 19, 2018. Recently, Mooij Agro delivered a new box storage system for potatoes to Algeria. This potato storage is installed at Agrico Algérie, formerly named Sig Agro, a subsidiary of Agrico NL. The storage consists of 4 cells, of which 2 are ...



Algeria: Cyber harassment against journalists [The Morning Call] - africanews

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Algeria: Cyber harassment against journalists [The Morning Call]
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Internet Without Borders released a report on Tuesday October 17, 2018 citing concerns on the increased cyber harassment campaigns against journalists, bloggers and activists in Algeria. Especially those addressing issues like bad governance and ...



Algeria MPs padlock parliament in protest against speaker - News24

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Algeria MPs padlock parliament in protest against speaker
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Around 200 deputies kept Algeria's parliament locked up for several hours on Tuesday in a protest action to press demands for the house speaker to step down. "We're here to demand the speaker resigns," Abdelhamid Si Affif, the head of parliament's ...
Algeria lawmakers padlock parliament in protest against speakerGuardian (blog)
Algeria's parliamentary speaker 'locked out' of building in protestThe New Arab
Algerian MPs Lock Parliament in Protest against SpeakerAsharq Al-awsat English

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Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria - Christianheadlines.com (blog)

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Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria
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TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 18, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria sealed shut a church site on Tuesday (Oct. 16) even after Christian leaders complied with orders to meet building codes, sources said. In Azaghar village near Akbou ...



Algeria bans full-face veil at work - The Nation

Algeria bans full-face veil at work
The Nation
MOSCOW:- A ban on full face-veils for women, or niqabs, has been introduced in Algeria, prompting a mixed reaction from the mostly Islamic nation, local media reported. The Directorate General for the Civil Service imposed the ban on the niqab and ...



Writing Algeria - lareviewofbooks

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Writing Algeria
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The second half of the story portrays the social and political crisis of contemporary Algeria, with its ongoing shifts in power and major ruptures during periods of governmental and regional control by Islamists. Translator Elisabeth Zerofsky aptly ...