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 arrests those 'peacefully criticising the government', Amnesty - Middle East Monitor

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Algeria arrests those 'peacefully criticising the government', Amnesty
Middle East Monitor
Algerian authorities regularly jail opposition figures and activist, even those who “peacefully” criticise the government, Amnesty International reported today. The organisation highlighted the case of journalist and blogger Mohamed Tamalt. A British ...
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Merkel's Algeria visit canceled because president falls ill - Washington Post

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Merkel's Algeria visit canceled because president falls ill
Washington Post
ALGIERS, Algeria — An attack of severe bronchitis suffered by long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika forced his country to call off a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the last minute on Monday. The surprise cancellation was ...
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France's Macron Seeks to End Controversy Over Algeria Comments - U.S. News & World Report

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France's Macron Seeks to End Controversy Over Algeria Comments
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TOULON, France (Reuters) - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron attempted on Saturday to end the controversy triggered by his comments condemning France's colonial past in Algeria. Macron, a pro-European independent centrist who several ...
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Algeria arrests 12 Ahmadis for “promoting their faith” - Rabwah Times (press release) (blog)

Rabwah Times (press release) (blog)

Algeria arrests 12 Ahmadis for “promoting their faith”
Rabwah Times (press release) (blog)
Algeria has arrested 12 members of the minority Ahmadiyya community for the offense of “promoting their faith”. On Wednesday the Algerian security forces in the state of Chlef announced the arrest of 12 Ahmadis and charged them for “spreading their ...

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Kia Motors wants to set up car assembly unit in Algeria - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

Kia Motors wants to set up car assembly unit in Algeria
Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa
(Ecofin Agency) - South Korean car maker Kia Moors plans to build in Batna, Algeria, a car assembly unit, reported Algerian radio station Chaine III on Feb 15, 2017, citing the region's governor, Mohamed Salamani. “Three files are being examined by the ...



Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia hold talks on Libyan crisis - africanews

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Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia hold talks on Libyan crisis
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... al Sarraj that is recognised by the international community and the government controlling the eastern part of the country which supports army chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Tunisia, Libya and Algeria are concerned about insecurity at their borders ...
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Algeria cancels Angela Merkel's state visit due to president's ill health - Ventures Africa

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Algeria cancels Angela Merkel's state visit due to president's ill health
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The Algerian government has cancelled a scheduled state visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel due to the failing health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. According to reports, an attack of severe bronchitis suffered by long-ailing Algerian ...

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Algeria's Trade Deficit Falls Sharply - Financial Tribune

Financial Tribune

Algeria's Trade Deficit Falls Sharply
Financial Tribune
Algeria's trade deficit fell sharply to $585 million in January this year, a drop of 68% from the deficit of $1.82 billion recorded in January last year, according to the latest statistics from Algerian Customs. The drop resulted mainly from the rise ...



Macron causes uproar by saying France's colonisation of Algeria was 'crime against humanity' - The Local France

The Local France

Macron causes uproar by saying France's colonisation of Algeria was 'crime against humanity'
The Local France
In a TV interview in Algiers this week, the centrist said French actions in Algeria, which achieved independence in 1962 after eight years of war, were "genuinely barbaric, and constitute a part of our past that we have to confront by apologising". His ...
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Algeria kills 14 in crackdown on suspected militants
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... to al-Qaeda and IS [AFP]. Date of publication: 18 February, 2017. Share this page: 0. twitter. Algeria said Friday that its security forces have killed 14 suspected militants in an ongoing operation in one of the country's last strongholds of ...
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