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2M condemns Algeria’s decision to ban its envoys from covering presidential election

Rabat - Moroccan TV channel "2M" strongly denounced the decision of the Algerian authorities to ban its journalists from covering the presidential election slated for Thursday in Algeria. "2M" said in a statement that it sent a request to the current Ambassador of Algeria in Rabat on April 7 to allow two special envoys Abdelhamid Morabit and Nabil El Baradei to cover the election. Following these unprofessi ...

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Amnesty International Accuses Algerian Authorities of Silencing Election Critics

Rabat- Amnesty International issued a media briefing on Monday accusing the Algerian authorities of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression as the country prepares for the presidential election. Two days ahead of the Algerian presidential election that will take place on April 17th, NGO Amnesty International called on Algeria to “stop avoiding scrutiny of their human rights record” in the run-up ...

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Thanks to President Bouteflika We Have Potatoes and Tires in Algeria: Cheb Khaled

Taroudant, Morocco- In a new video posted on YouTube, famous Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, renewed his support to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in power since 1999. After he had said that he supports Bouteflika’s bid because he allows him to find whisky in Algeria, the king of Rai comes with another argument to justify his support to his favorite candidate. This time around Cheb Khaled said that th ...

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Algerian Ali Benflis Wants to Reopen Algeria’s Borders With Morocco

Rabat- During a meeting in Annaba,Algeria Algerian Former Prime Minister and the independent candidate for Algeria’s presidential election, Ali Benflis, promised on Wednesday to re-open Algeria’s borders with Morocco if he is elected president. Using normalization of relations with Morocco as a tool ahead of the April 17th presidential election, Benflis  promised to achieve an open Moroccan-Algerian border ...

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Algeria Distorts, Inaccurately Translates Kerry’s Speech on Presidential Election

Fez- Two days after US Secretary of State, John Kerry's visit to Algeria, Washington issued a communiqué saying that Kerry’s statement at the opening of the US-Algeria Dialogue during his first visit to Algeria earlier this week was distorted. Following the speech delivered by John Kerry, Algeria’s official news agency released a report in which it stated that the United States “expresses its satisfaction w ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika offers ‘democracy’ if re-elected

ADRAR, Algeria - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign chief promised on Sunday that constitutional changes would create a "broad democracy" if the ailing incumbent wins re-election next month. Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal gave scant details of the long-promised changes as he opened the re-election campaign with a speech in the southern desert town of Adrar. Sellal was one of six sen ...

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Bouteflika website cyberattack as Algeria vote campaign opens

ALGIERS, March 23, 2014 (AFP) - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's website was inaccessible Sunday at the start of campaigning for Algeria's April 17 election as his camp reported a cyberattack. Another website, El-Watan2014 set up for the presidential election, said the message "Ali Benflis will be our future president" had appeared on the site before it was taken down. Benflis is the main challenger to Bout ...

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Algeria’s six presidential candidates

ALGIERS- Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely  expected to clinch a fourth term. Below are short profiles of the six candidates: Abdelaziz Bouteflika Bouteflika, 77, first came to power in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2009 after having amended the constitution to allow him to stand  again. He is credited wit ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika: health does not ‘disqualify’ re-election

ALGIERS- Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday his ailing health does not "disqualify" his bid to run for a fourth term in polls next month. "The difficulties linked to my health do no appear to disqualify me in your eyes," he said in a message to the Algerian people on the eve of the start of campaigning, carried by national news agency APS. Bouteflika, who is 77 and has been in office sin ...

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Press conference at UN of families of two Sahrawis killed by Algerian army

Geneva - The committee of families of the two Sahrawis killed, on January 5, by the Algerian army near the border with Mauritania, held a press conference on Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva to draw attention to the serious breaches committed in the camps of Tindouf. The families of two victims, Khatri Hammedha Khandoud and Mohamed Aliyenne Abbih, were represented at this conference by Abdellah Salma ...

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Algeria troops kill three suspected militants

Algiers — Algerian troops killed three suspected militants on Wednesday as they pressed a sweep through mountains east of Algiers, which has now killed eight since March 11, the defence ministry said. The operation focused on an area of the mainly Berber Kabylie region close to the Mediterranean coast, ministry statements carried by the national APS news agency said. A commander of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic M ...

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Algeria opposition MP quits ‘docile’ parliament

ALGIERS - Algerian opposition MP Mostapha Bouchachi has resigned his seat, accusing parliament of becoming a "docile tool" in the hands of the regime, several media outlets reported on Wednesday. The lawyer and former head of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights was elected in May 2012 for the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), the North African country's oldest opposition party. Bouchachi was sca ...

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