Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

The Latest: Algeria’s president arrives home amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on Algeria’s president (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed at a military airport south of the capital and quickly departed in a convoy after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital. The arrival of the 82-year-old Bouteflika comes amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria’s president arrives home amid protests

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed at a military airport south of the capital Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule have gripped Algeria. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks at a Swiss hospital where he went for medical treatment. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in … Continue reading Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wrapped in Algerian flags, singing and tossing flowers, a festive crowd of thousands of protesters marched through central Algiers on Friday to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s hold on power. The protesters converged after prayers in a dense stream stretching nearly a kilometer, while onlookers threw flowers and confetti from flag-draped balconies. … Continue reading Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term does not appear to have satisfied protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight. Crowds of mainly young protesters demonstrated into the early hours of Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the president’s candidacy for a fifth … Continue reading Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Angry Algerians have protested into the night despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term. Crowds of mainly young protesters faced off with riot police in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the longtime leader’s candidacy for a fifth term … Continue reading Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s Constitutional Council has been placed under high security as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term is due to be formally submitted. Sunday is the deadline to present candidacies for the April 18 presidential election. It is unclear whether the 82-year-old Bouteflika would do it in person. Tens of … Continue reading Algeria’s Bouteflika due to submit candidacy amid protests

Students stage protests across Algeria against president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of students staged protests on Tuesday in several university cities across Algeria to voice their opposition to ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term. Following massive street protests last week, students skipped classes and answered calls posted on social networks to join the gatherings held on campuses. The … Continue reading Students stage protests across Algeria against president

ALGIERS, Algeria | New anti-Bouteflika protests take place in Algeria’s capital

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Algeria’s capital for the second time this week to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term. Two days after major street demonstrations that took place across the country, police said some 800 protesters took to the streets on Sunday, answering a call … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | New anti-Bouteflika protests take place in Algeria’s capital

ALGIERS, Algeria | Merkel, Algerian officials discuss migration, Libya

ALGIERS, Algeria — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday during a one-day visit to the country to discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya. Algeria’s official APS news agency reported the meeting happened in the presence Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and other government members. The discussions take … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | Merkel, Algerian officials discuss migration, Libya