Visiting Macron may find Algeria’s leaders hard to woo

Visiting Macron may find Algeria’s leaders hard to woo

ALGIERS/PARIS, (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron hopes his three-day trip to Algeria from Thursday will end a diplomatic row and allow him to develop his relationship with young Algerians, but the North African country's leaders may prove hard to win over. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune wants solid investment commitments - which seem unlikely to be announced this week - and for Macron to atone for comments he made last year about Algeria's history and its ruling elite. For France, better relations with its former colony are growing more important because an energy shortage due to Russia's war in Ukraine has…
Read More Here
Algeria’s wildfires death toll rises to 37

Algeria’s wildfires death toll rises to 37

The death toll from wildfires in Algeria has risen to 37, the local Ennahar TV reported, citing the Algerian Civil Protection Directorate. The number of injured also increased to 183 people, the report added. The wildfires are burning in mountainous areas and the victims were from the provinces of Al Taref, and Setif, in the eastern part of the arid and semi-arid country, Africa's largest. Most of the wildfires have been put out while some are under control, but firefighters and helicopters are still monitoring the provinces, according to officials. A year ago, at least 65 were killed by wildfires…
Read More Here
Algeria to ink $4 bln Italy gas supply deal

Algeria to ink $4 bln Italy gas supply deal

Algeria will supply "very big volumes of gas" to Italy through a $4 billion deal, President Abdulmadjid Tebboune said on Monday (July 18), hailing a "strategic partnership" with Rome during a visit by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The comments came as Tebboune welcomed Draghi in Algiers, where the Italian leader attended a joint economic summit between the two nations. An official Algerian source said last week that state energy company Sonatrach would increase gas supplies to Italy by a further 4 billion cubic meters (bcm) a year beyond the 21 bcm previously planned. The deal, to be signed with…
Read More Here
Algeria to provide Italy with additional gas

Algeria to provide Italy with additional gas

Algeria will provide Italy with an additional four billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas this year, on top of the 21 bcm planned previously, an official source told Reuters. State oil producer Sonatrach plans to start increasing supplies next week to Italian customers including Eni, the source said. Tighter global energy markets have raised demand for Algerian gas, helping the North African OPEC member turn the page on years of declining state revenues. Sonatrach is already a key gas supplier for countries including Italy, Spain and Portugal, and has said it is reviewing its gas pricing with all clients to…
Read More Here
Spain warns Algeria is increasingly aligned with Russia

Spain warns Algeria is increasingly aligned with Russia

MADRID, June 13 (Reuters) - Algeria's decision to suspend a bilateral friendship treaty with Spain last week was not surprising because the country is increasingly aligning itself with Russia, Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said on Monday. Calvino said she had noticed a growing rapprochement between Algeria and Russia at the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund a few weeks ago. "I saw back then that Algeria was more and more aligned with Russia, so this (decision to suspend the treaty) didn't surprise me," Calvino said in a radio interview with Radio Catalunya. Algeria suspended a 20-year-old friendship treaty…
Read More Here
Tension flares up between Algeria and Morocco

Tension flares up between Algeria and Morocco

  Algeria condemned what it called an attack by Morocco against a convoy of trucks in the border area between Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara, saying it will jeopardize United Nations attempts to ease regional tensions. The purported attack took place on Sunday morning in the Ain Bentli region, according to Algerian press reports. "Algeria strongly condemns the targeted assassinations committed by using sophisticated weapons of war ... against civilians," a statement released by Algeria's foreign affairs ministry said. There was no immediate reaction from Mauritania or Morocco. Morocco considers sparsely populated Western Sahara a part of…
Read More Here
Italy clinches gas deal with Algeria to temper Russian reliance

Italy clinches gas deal with Algeria to temper Russian reliance

Italy clinched an agreement on Monday to ramp up gas imports from Algeria by around 40% in its first major deal to find alternative supplies following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In a visit to Algeria, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said agreements reached were a significant step in Italy's drive to cut its reliance on Russian gas. "Others will follow," he told reporters in Algiers following a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Italy, which sources about 40% of its gas imports from Russia, has been scrambling to diversify its energy supply mix as the conflict in Ukraine escalates. Ministers have tapped numerous countries like…
Read More Here
Algeria’s Sonatrach to resume operations in Libya, CEO says

Algeria’s Sonatrach to resume operations in Libya, CEO says

 (Reuters) - Algeria has agreed to resume operations in Libya where it owns three oil and gas blocks in the region of Ghadames, the chief executive of Algeria’s state energy company Sonatrach said in Libya on Thursday. Tewfik Hakkar told reporters that both countries would work jointly to supply more gas to Europe. Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Editing by Edmund Blair
Read More Here
PB Group Awarded Major Contracts For Algerian Water & Energy Market

PB Group Awarded Major Contracts For Algerian Water & Energy Market

PB Group, the Malta-based company specialising in the supply and servicing of complex water and energy equipment, has been awarded three major procurement and engineering contracts in Algeria. These awards are the result of a focused and intensive market development embarked upon by the Group over the last years, targeting the extensive water and energy infrastructures in Algeria. As an integral part of these procurement and engineering contracts the PB Group, through its subsidiaries, will be providing a large number of specialised pumps and valves to major Algerian players in the water and energy sectors. These supplies will be accompanied by a…
Read More Here
Algeria’s Sonatrach prepares to resume oil operations in Libya

Algeria’s Sonatrach prepares to resume oil operations in Libya

Jan 3 (Reuters) - Algeria's national oil company Sonatrach is preparing to resume suspended oil projects in Libya, the state news agency APS reported on Monday. The company is currently working with its partners in Libya to create safe conditions for its workers and equipment, Sonatrach's CEO Toufik Hakkar said in an interview with state TV channel AL24 News. Visits to Libya are planned before the end of February to negotiate Sonatrach's return, he said. According to the weekly energy newsletter Middle East Economic Survey (MEES), Sonatrach was forced to abandon its exploration activities on the Libyan side of the…
Read More Here
Algeria to introduce VAT tax on sugar to cut imports

Algeria to introduce VAT tax on sugar to cut imports

Algeria will impose a 9% value-added tax on white and raw sugar from early next year to reduce imports and address health issues, Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane announced. OPEC member Algeria has been trying to cut spending on imports of food and other goods in a bid to narrow budget and trade deficits. "Algeria imports around 2 million tonnes of sugar per year. It is ranked among the largest importers," Benabderrahmane told parliament. The tax introduction is also aimed at tackling the rise in diseases linked to the over-consumption of sugar, such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer, he said.
Read More Here
Algeria president will not attend Libya’s conference in France

Algeria president will not attend Libya’s conference in France

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will not attend a conference on Libya in France on Friday but will delegate a representative, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said. Relations between France and Algeria have been tense, and Algiers early last month recalled its ambassador to Paris and closed its airspace to French military planes after what it called "irresponsible" comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron had questioned whether there had been an Algerian nation before French colonial rule and said that Algeria's "politico-military system" had rewritten the history of its colonisation by France based on "a hatred of France." France on…
Read More Here
Algeria joins European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Algeria joins European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Algeria has become the 73rd member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the lender announced on Monday. Algeria applied for EBRD membership in March 2020 hoping to receive investment and support for policy reforms, the development bank said in statement. "We are happy to welcome Algeria as our latest shareholder and look forward to working together and discussing the next steps of our joint cooperation, notably for Algeria to become a recipient of the Bank’s operations," EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso said in the statement. The EBRD was set up three decades ago…
Read More Here
Moderate earthquake rattles Algeria’s northern state

Moderate earthquake rattles Algeria’s northern state

An earthquake of 2.9 magnitude hit a coastal state in northern Algeria on Tuesday evening and no casualties or damage were reported, the local Ennahar TV said. The epicenter of the earthquake, which took place at 19:51 local time, was located in the Mediterranean, 37 km from the coast of Algeria, it added.
Read More Here
Algeria says envoy’s return depends on French respect for Algeria -Ennahar TV

Algeria says envoy’s return depends on French respect for Algeria -Ennahar TV

CAIRO (Reuters) -  Algerian President Abelmadjid Tebboune said the return of the North African country's ambassador to Paris was conditional on France showing it fully respects Algeria, Ennahar TV reported on Sunday. Algeria recalled its envoy to Paris last week, citing comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron in the newspaper Le Monde that Algeria's rulers had rewritten the history of its colonisation based on "a hatred of France". The following day, Algeria closed its airspace to French military planes, according to France's military. "France should forget that Algeria was once a colony," said Tebboune who was speaking in a regular meeting with representatives of the local media.…
Read More Here
Algeria to reduce income tax amid soaring food prices

Algeria to reduce income tax amid soaring food prices

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered his government to reduce tax on overall income amid soaring food prices in the drought-hit North African country, the presidency said. Avoiding social unrest has been a priority for authorities in Algeria where the middle class has been hit by soaring prices for some food products. The government has blamed speculation for the upward trend of prices, including vegetables, fruits and meat, prompting it to tighten control at markets. Tebboune "stressed the need to take all measures to preserve the purchasing power," the presidency said in a statement after a cabinet meeting. "We need tight…
Read More Here
Algeria closes airspace to French military

Algeria closes airspace to French military

Algeria has closed its airspace to French military planes, France's military said, escalating the biggest row between the countries in years. A spokesperson for the French Armed Forces said Algeria had closed its airspace to two flights, but that it would have "no major consequences" for operations in the Sahel region, south of Algeria. Algeria's government and military were not immediately available for comment on the closure of airspace. On Saturday, Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris citing comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron, who was quoted in Le Monde as saying Algeria's "politico-military system" had rewritten the history…
Read More Here
Algeria recalls ambassador to France for consultations

Algeria recalls ambassador to France for consultations

Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after what it called "irresponsible" comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron, Algeria's presidency said. "Following comments that several sources attributed to ... Macron, Algeria expresses its categorical rejection of inadmissible interference in its internal affairs," the presidency said in a statement. "Faced with the particularly inadmissible situation inflicted by these irresponsible remarks, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune decided to immediately recall the ambassador," it said. The statement said the remarks, which have not been denied by French authorities, are harmful to Algerian martyrs who fought for independence from France, without giving details.…
Read More Here
Algeria warns of further measures against Morocco

Algeria warns of further measures against Morocco

Algeria may escalate its dispute with Morocco and take more steps after having cut off relations and closed airspace, a senior Algerian diplomat said. "The adoption of additional measures cannot be ruled out," Amar Belani, the Foreign Ministry official responsible for Maghreb countries told Reuters without saying what other measures it may consider. Relations between the North African neighbours have been bad for decades and their border has been closed since 1994, but have deteriorated since a dispute over the territory of Western Sahara blew up again last year. Morocco regards Western Sahara as its territory, but the Algeria-backed Polisario…
Read More Here
Royal Air Maroc source says only 15 flights affected by Algeria airspace closure

Royal Air Maroc source says only 15 flights affected by Algeria airspace closure

A source at Royal Air Maroc (RAM) said Algeria's closure of airspace to Moroccan aircraft from Wednesday would only affect 15 flights weekly linking Morocco with Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, described the impact on RAM as insignificant and said the relevant flights could reroute over the Mediterranean.  Algeria's supreme security council decided on Wednesday to close the country's airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, the Algerian presidency said, less than a month after it cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom. The decision came "in view of the continued provocations and hostile…
Read More Here
Algeria prepares new investment law, aims for non-energy funding sources

Algeria prepares new investment law, aims for non-energy funding sources

Algeria is preparing a new investment law to improve its business climate and attract foreign investors with the aim of boosting the non-energy sector, Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane said. He also announced plans to develop the country's small stock exchange and launch banking and financial reforms to find new funding sources for the oil-reliant economy. OPEC member Algeria, which relies heavily on oil and gas exports, has been facing financial problems due to lower energy earnings. The situation worsened during the pandemic, which slammed crude demand and pressured international prices. The North African country has so far failed to reduce…
Read More Here
Former Algerian president Bouteflika given state funeral

Former Algerian president Bouteflika given state funeral

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted in 2019 after mass protests, was given a state funeral on Sunday that was attended by senior officials but received little of the attention given to such occasions in the past. Algerian security forces accompany the coffin of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to the El-Alia cemetery in Algiers, Algeria, 19 September 2021. Former President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika died at the age of 84 on 17 September 2021. EPA-EFE/STR Bouteflika died on Friday, aged 84. An armoured vehicle decked with flowers pulled his coffin, covered with the national flag, on a…
Read More Here
Algeria’s Ex-President Bouteflika dies at 84

Algeria’s Ex-President Bouteflika dies at 84

France 24 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 as huge protests engulfed the country, died on Friday aged 84, public television announced. The former strongman had left office in April 2019 under pressure from the military, following weeks of demonstrations over his bid to run for a fifth term in office. After quitting, he had stayed out of the public eye at a residence in western Algiers. Bouteflika became president of Algeria in 1999 as the former French colony emerged from a decade of civil war that killed nearly 200,000 people. Bouteflika went on to be elected…
Read More Here
Algeria detains 30 people over devastating wildfires

Algeria detains 30 people over devastating wildfires

Algeria has detained 30 people, including seven members of a separatist group that the government has declared a terrorist organisation, for involvement in wildfires that killed at least 65 people, the paramilitary police said. They have been placed in custody after appearing before a court following investigations over the wildfires that erupted last month in several provinces, mainly in the Kabylie region, east of Algiers, the paramilitary police, or National Gendarmerie, said in a statement. Authorities have blamed the MAK group, which seeks independence for the Berber-speaking Kabylie region, for the devastating forest fires, and accused Morocco of backing it.…
Read More Here
Algerian court detains Tunisian ex-presidential candidate Karoui

Algerian court detains Tunisian ex-presidential candidate Karoui

An Algerian court on Saturday ordered former Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui to be placed in custody on a charge of illegally crossing a border, a judicial source said. The court in the eastern city of Constantine also ordered the detention of four Algerians on people-smuggling charges, the source said. They are accused of helping Karoui enter the country and provide a house for him before his arrest on Sunday. Karoui, the owner of the Nessma television channel and head of the Heart of Tunisia political party, the second largest in parliament, was placed in custody along with his brother…
Read More Here
Algeria arrest Tunisia’s former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui

Algeria arrest Tunisia’s former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui

Algerian authorities arrested on Sunday Tunisia's media mogul and former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui, after he entered Algeria secretly and illegally, Tunisian media said. Karoui, the owner of the Nessma television channel and head of the Heart of Tunisia political party, the second largest in parliament, was arrested with his brother Ghazi Karoui, a lawmaker. After he spent more than six months in Tunisian custody on money laundering and tax evasion charges, Karoui was released on June 15. The court is still investigating his case. Karoui previously said he was innocent and that his political opponents were behind his imprisonment.…
Read More Here
Algeria to allow more international flights

Algeria to allow more international flights

Algeria will increase the number of international flights it allows from Aug. 28, partly to help repatriate Algerians stuck abroad since air travel restrictions were imposed at the start of the pandemic last year. The country began gradually reopening its borders in June although arrivals must comply with strict health measures. State carrier Air Algerie will operate 32 international flights weekly, consisting of departures from and arrivals at three Algerian airports, the transport ministry said in a statement. It currently has nine flights arriving each week. The majority of flights, 24, will serve routes to France, where there is a…
Read More Here
Algeria says cutting diplomatic ties with Morocco

Algeria says cutting diplomatic ties with Morocco

ALGIERS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Algeria is cutting diplomatic relations with Morocco, Foreign Minister Ramdane Lamamra said on Tuesday at a news conference, accusing its neighbour of "hostile actions". Morocco and Algeria have had strained relations for decades, mainly over the issue of Western Sahara, and the border between the two countries has been closed since 1994. "The Moroccan kingdom has never stopped its hostile actions against Algeria," he said. Morocco's Foreign Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment. King Mohammed VI has called for improved ties with Algeria. The cutting of diplomatic relations is effective from Tuesday but…
Read More Here
Algerian villagers grapples with wildfire aftermath

Algerian villagers grapples with wildfire aftermath

When Algeria's deadly wildfires tore through the forest around their village, brothers Khelaf and Lyazid Tazibt could only hustle their families out of the door and abandon the home they shared to the flames. The two men, both retired, and their wives and children, are now among hundreds of Algerians left homeless by the country's worst fires in memory, which have burned swathes of the northeast over the past week, killing dozens of people. "Like anyone else who saw those flames, it was impossible to do anything. We all gave up," said Khelaf Tazibt, 55, standing in one of their…
Read More Here
Algeria accuses groups it links to Morocco, Israel of setting wildfires

Algeria accuses groups it links to Morocco, Israel of setting wildfires

Algeria blamed devastating wildfires this month on two groups it recently designated as terrorist organisations, adding that one of them was backed by Morocco and Israel. The president’s office said police had arrested 22 people for starting the deadly fires, but said ultimate responsibility lay with the Islamist Rashad group and MAK, an autonomy movement for the mostly Amazigh-speaking Kabylie region. Algeria designated both groups as terrorist organisations this year. The presidency said on Wednesday that MAK “gets support and help from foreign parties, particularly Morocco and the Zionist entity”, referring to Israel. Neither the Moroccan nor the Israeli foreign…
Read More Here
North Africa Fires Spread to Libya and Tunisia

North Africa Fires Spread to Libya and Tunisia

As unusually hot weather persists over parts of Northern Africa, new forest fires reportedly have broken out in Tunisia and Libya during the past 24 hours, in addition to many that are still burning in Algeria. The presidents of Algeria and Tunisia are accusing arsonists of setting many of the fires, while Algerian media said 22 alleged arsonists have been caught. Amateur video showed a forest fire raging out of control near the Libyan city of Bayada in the Jebel Akhdar region, east of the country, overnight. Libya's 218 TV network reported that fire crews in the region were trying…
Read More Here
Algeria leader calls wildfires ‘disaster’, says 22 arsonists arrested

Algeria leader calls wildfires ‘disaster’, says 22 arsonists arrested

Algeria has arrested 22 people suspected of being behind the most devastating wildfires in the country's history that killed 65 people, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said, calling the fires a 'disaster' and urging the preservation of national unity. Dozens of forest fires have hit mountainous areas in northern Algeria since Monday, mainly in Tizi Ouzou, the main province of the Kabylie region east of the capital, Algiers. "Some fires have been caused by high temperatures but criminal hands were behind most of them," Tebboune said in a live speech on state television. "We have arrested 22 suspects, including 11 in Tizi…
Read More Here
At least 65 killed in Algerian wildfires, Greece and Italy burn

At least 65 killed in Algerian wildfires, Greece and Italy burn

Exhausted Greek firefighters battled blazes for a ninth day on Wednesday amid sweltering temperatures that also helped stoke wildfires in Algeria, where at least 65 people died, and in southern Italy. From Turkey to Tunisia, countries around the Mediterranean have been seeing some of their highest temperatures in decades, as the United Nations climate panel this week warned that the world was dangerously close to runaway warming. Greece, in the grip of its worst heatwave in three decades, evacuated around 20 villages on the Peloponnese, though ancient Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games, escaped the inferno. About 580 Greek…
Read More Here
Wildfire rips through Algeria, killing 42 people including soldiers

Wildfire rips through Algeria, killing 42 people including soldiers

Forest fires in Algeria killed 42 people on Tuesday, including 25 soldiers deployed to help put out the blaze, the government said, as thick clouds of smoke covered much of the mountainous Kabylie region east of the capital. Dozens of separate fires have raged through forest areas across northern Algeria since Monday night and Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud accused arsonists of igniting the flames, without providing more details on the allegations. "Only criminal hands can be behind the simultaneous outbreak of about 50 fires across several localities," he said. Last week, a European Union atmosphere monitor said the Mediterranean had become a wildfire hotspot as massive…
Read More Here
Algeria plans to sell stakes in state banks, firms

Algeria plans to sell stakes in state banks, firms

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered his government to sell stakes in state companies and banks, the presidency said, part of long-awaited economic reforms in the oil-producing country. This is the first time Tebboune has talked about concrete steps the government needs to take, after he previously promised to reform the economy but without providing details. Reforms in the North African country are aimed at reducing reliance on oil and gas, which account for 60% of the state budget and 94% of total export earnings. Algeria in the past failed to develop its non-energy sector despite promises due to bureaucracy and…
Read More Here
Former head of Algeria’s Sonatrach to face trial over corruption

Former head of Algeria’s Sonatrach to face trial over corruption

The United Arab Emirates extradited a former chief of Algeria’s state oil and gas company Sonatrach to face trial over alleged involvement in corruption cases, Algerian state television reported. Television footage showed Abdelmoumene Ould Kaddour handcuffed and surrounded by policemen on his arrival at Algiers airport. The Gulf country had arrested Ould Kaddour in Dubai after a court in Algiers earlier this year issued an international arrest warrant against him. Algerian authorities have alleged Ould Kaddour is involved in several corruption cases linked to deals signed by Sonatrach, including the purchase of the Augusta refinery in Italy from Exxon Mobil…
Read More Here
Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves drop to $44 bln

Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves drop to $44 bln

Algeria's foreign exchange reserves currently stand at $44 billion, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Sunday. That marks a rise from $42 billion at the beginning of March, but Tebboune noted that reserves have fallen over the past 18 months, from $53 billion at the end of 2019. A drop in global oil prices in recent years has badly affected the North African country's public finances as oil export revenues account for 60% of the state budget. The fall in reserves has forced the government to try to reduce spending on purchases from abroad and rationalise expenditure intended for investment projects.…
Read More Here
Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem coronavirus cases

Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem coronavirus cases

Algeria will reimpose restrictions on gatherings from Monday to cope with a rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus that has led to an increase in the number of patients, the prime minister's office said. The measures, which will apply to 35 out of 58 provinces, include mainly closing gyms, cultural centres, leisure venues, beaches and used car markets, as well as an 8 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew, a statement from the office said on Sunday. All gatherings, including wedding celebrations will be banned, while cafes and restaurants will be allowed to provide only take away services.…
Read More Here
Algeria recalls ambassador to Morocco in row over Western Sahara

Algeria recalls ambassador to Morocco in row over Western Sahara

The Algerian foreign ministry recalled its ambassador to Morocco and hinted at possible further measures in the latest flare-up of tension between the North African neighbours over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The move was linked to comments from the Moroccan envoy to the United Nations on Algeria's Kabylie region, the ministry said after the envoy drew the region into the decades-old row over Western Sahara, which is claimed by Morocco as well as the Algeria-backed Polisario Front. The Moroccan envoy had called at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement for "the right of self-determination for the people living…
Read More Here
Algeria leader pardons protest movement members

Algeria leader pardons protest movement members

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday ordered the release of 101 members of a protest movement that forced his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down, the presidency said. Elected in December 2019, Tebboune has vowed to carry out economic and political reforms and urged the opposition to opt for dialogue to maintain stability. Algerians late last year voted a new constitution to give the prime minister and parliament a greater role, despite a low voter turnout after a boycott by a large part of the opposition. Mass protests broke out in February 2019 demanding reforms and the departure of the…
Read More Here
Algerian prime minister infected with COVID-19

Algerian prime minister infected with COVID-19

Newly appointed Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane is infected with COVID-19, Algerian state TV said on Saturday. The prime minister, who had just formed his new government on Wednesday, will quarantine for seven days, but will continue performing his duties virtually, state TV said. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered his government to reimpose physical distancing and mask-wearing measures across the country on Saturday, as well as to speed up a vaccination drive to cope with a surge in infection cases, it said. The North African country has so far reported 145,296 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 3,824 deaths.  Photo: View of…
Read More Here
Algerian parliament elects independent lawmaker as speaker

Algerian parliament elects independent lawmaker as speaker

Algeria's parliament elected an independent lawmaker for the first time on Thursday to the powerful post of speaker for the next five years, following last month's national election in which non-affiliated candidates performed well. Ibrahim Boughali, 58, won 295 votes against 87 votes for his opponent Ahmed Sadouk from the Islamist Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) party. Independent candidates obtained 78 seats in June's legislative election, behind National Liberation Front (FLN), long the biggest political party in Algeria, which won 98 seats in the 407-seat lower house of parliament. The former ruling party FLN and its coalition partners had…
Read More Here
Algeria names new prime minister

Algeria names new prime minister

Algeria's president on Wednesday named Finance Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane as prime minister and asked him to form a new government, the presidency said. The new prime minister was appointed after the resignation of his predecessor Abdelaziz Djerad a week ago following a legislative elections on June 12.  Photo: file photo EPA-EFE/MOHAMED MESSARA
Read More Here
UPDATED: Algeria’s prime minister resigns

UPDATED: Algeria’s prime minister resigns

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad resigned on Thursday, opening the door for President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to name a new cabinet, state TV said. A new government will have to tackle a deep financial and economic crisis due to a fall in oil prices. Djerad's resignation follows a parliamentary election on June 12 that was marked by a low turnout and no majority winner after two years of mass protests and political turmoil. The military-dominated establishment believes replacing the parliament and constitution is the best way to end the biggest crisis in decade, a source told Reuters. The Hirak protest movement…
Read More Here
Libya’s Haftar closes border with Algeria

Libya’s Haftar closes border with Algeria

Forces loyal to Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar have closed the border with Algeria, they said on Sunday, after major deployments of his forces to the south underscored his continued role despite efforts to unify the country. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) last week sent troops into the southern city of Sebha, which was already allied to eastern forces, and then on Saturday to a southern border crossing with Algeria. "The armed forces has closed the Libyan-Algerian border and declared it a military zone in which movement is prohibited", said the Moral Guidance Department, an LNA media unit. The nearly…
Read More Here
Islamist party claims victory in Algerian election

Islamist party claims victory in Algerian election

A moderate Islamist party claimed victory Sunday in Algeria’s legislative election even though results were not expected for several more days. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in the North African country, the head of the Movement for a Peaceful Society said the party “leads results in the majority of wilayas (regions) and overseas.” Party chief Abderrazak Makri also denounced alleged fraud attempts “to change the results.” The party did not provide the basis for its victory claim. The turnout for Saturday’s parliamentary election was dismal, with less than a third of the 24 million eligible voters casting ballots,…
Read More Here
UPDATED: Algerian parliamentary election results expected within days, authority says

UPDATED: Algerian parliamentary election results expected within days, authority says

The results of an Algerian parliamentary election in which fewer than a third of voters took part will be announced within a few days, the head of the voting authority said late on Saturday. The ruling establishment has tried to use elections along with a crackdown on dissent as a way to end two years of political unrest, with Algeria facing a looming economic crisis. Supporters of the "Hirak" mass protest movement said it showed the system lacked legitimacy. Two prominent journalists, Khaled Drareni and Ihsane El Kadi, and the opposition figure Karim Tabbou, were detained last week but released…
Read More Here
Algerians vote in parliamentary election

Algerians vote in parliamentary election

Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a parliamentary election that the ruling establishment hopes will turn a page on two years of political unrest, but which many voters are expected to ignore. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has called for a high turnout, but there has been little public enthusiasm for voting in recent elections, with many Algerians convinced real power is wielded by the army and security forces. At a polling station in a primary school near Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad's office in central Algiers, three policemen stood guard. A few minutes before voting began, five people waited outside to…
Read More Here
Eni, BP in talks over oil and gas assets in Algeria

Eni, BP in talks over oil and gas assets in Algeria

BP and Eni are in talks over the future of their oil and gas assets in Algeria as the two groups increase efforts to refocus their businesses to tackle falling margins, rising debt and climate pressures, three sources said. Europe's top energy companies are cutting back their oil and gas portfolios to keep only the assets most likely to be profitable and redeploy capital for a transition to clean energy as uncertainty mounts over future demand for fossil fuel. Earlier this month, they announced they were in talks to forge a joint venture to run their combined operations in Angola.…
Read More Here
Algerian medics fear new infections as borders to reopen

Algerian medics fear new infections as borders to reopen

Algerian medics fear next week's reopening of national borders will trigger a new surge in COVID-19 cases despite health measures, as people living abroad rush home to see family. The borders have been mostly closed since the global pandemic struck in early 2020, marooning thousands of Algerians working overseas and separating families with dual nationality but helping to protect against a more serious infection rate. "I am afraid of a likely increase in cases after the opening. Risks are high because of the variants," said Wafa, a doctor working at a private clinic in Algiers who asked not to give…
Read More Here
Algeria to reopen air, land borders on June 1

Algeria to reopen air, land borders on June 1

Algeria will reopen air and land borders on June 1, but strict measures will be imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the presidency announced. Only five flights a day from and to Algerian airports will be allowed "with full adherence to strict precautions", it said in a statement after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. More details would be announced in a week, it added. Algeria closed borders and suspended all flights in March 2020 when the number of COVID-19 infections started to increase, but domestic flights resumed in December last year. The North African country…
Read More Here
Algeria to impose restrictions on street protests

Algeria to impose restrictions on street protests

Algeria will bar any protests that do not have prior approval, it said, a move apparently aimed at the weekly mass demonstrations that ousted a veteran president in 2019 but have continued to demand a more thorough purge of the ruling elite. The Interior Ministry said all protests would need a permit that specified the names of organisers and a start and finishing time for the demonstrations. "Failure to comply with these procedures will result in violating the law and the constitution, which denies the legitimacy of the march, and it will be necessary to deal with it on this…
Read More Here
Algerians march in capital for political change

Algerians march in capital for political change

Thousands took to the streets in the Algerian capital Algiers on Friday (April 9), to mark the 112th Friday demonstration of Hirak - a protest movement demanding political changes. "We always went out for the same reasons, to free Algeria, for a better Algeria, to let young people work, for children and youth, for the coming generation, Algeria belongs to them." Lynda, a protester, told Reuters. The protest movement, known as 'Hirak', brought tens of thousands of people to the streets each week for more than a year until the pandemic hit Algeria in early 2020, forcing them to stop.…
Read More Here
Three suspected militants killed in Tunisia near Algerian border, official says

Three suspected militants killed in Tunisia near Algerian border, official says

Three suspected militants, including an Asian woman‮ ‬and local leader in Islamic State, were killed in Tunisian mountains near the Algerian border‮ ‬in two police operations, a security official said on Thursday. Six years ago an Islamic State militant shot dead 39 foreigners on a beach in Sousse, triggering an exodus of tourists and severely damaging Tunisia's economy. Since then Tunisia has grown more effective in preventing and responding to attacks, but sleeper cells still pose a real threat, especially with the return of jihadists from Syria, Iraq and Libya. ‮"‬Our forces killed a terrorist, as his Asian wife blew…
Read More Here
Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude strikes Algeria

Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude strikes Algeria

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was registered in Algeria. The earthquake took place at 1630 GMT and was registered by the USGS National Earthquake Information Cente and also registered in Malta's Seismic Research Centre. The earthquake's epicentre was 21 km WSW of Guelma, Algeria and had a depth of 10km. No reports of casualties and damages yet. Developing Story.
Read More Here
Algeria rattled by strong tremor

Algeria rattled by strong tremor

A shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Algerian coast early Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said. The USGS said the quake hit 20 kilometres north-east of the city of Bejaia at 1.04am local time , at a depth of 10 kilometres. The earthquake caused panic among the Algerian population but there were no casualties or structural damage, the Algerian Civil Protection said in a statement. The earthquake was also registered in various Mediterranean countries among them Malta and Italy. Photo: Seismic Research Office UoM Read more via ANSA
Read More Here
Algeria finds 13 with coronavirus variant first seen in Nigeria, 7 with variant tied to Britain

Algeria finds 13 with coronavirus variant first seen in Nigeria, 7 with variant tied to Britain

Algeria recorded its first 13 cases of the coronavirus variant first discovered in Nigeria and also tested positive seven other people for the variant first identified in Britain, state research centre Pasteur Institute announced. The 13 cases were detected in Algiers and other southern and eastern provinces, it said in a statement. The seven cases, identified in the capital Algiers and neighbouring province of Blida, brought the total number to 15 of infections from the variant discovered in Britain. Main Photo: Algerian health workers disinfect a bus stop in Algiers, Algeria. EPA-EFE/STR
Read More Here