April 17, 1999 |
Protests broke out in the Algerian capital and two other cities Friday after army favorite Abdelaziz Bouteflika was declared president in an election so besmirched by fraud charges that his six competitors quit the race. Clashes erupted in Algiers after the announcement that Bouteflika had won Thursday's election. Witnesses said police in full riot gear charged into hundreds of anti-Bouteflika demonstrators in the capital.
December 15, 1998 |
The resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who was stymied by an Islamic insurgency and an economic crisis, opened the way Monday for a caretaker government in the run-up to an early presidential election next spring. During barely three years in power, Ouyahia managed to knock down inflation to about 5% annually, but unemployment remains at 30% and the Muslim uprising will be 7 years old next month.
September 30, 1998 |
Algeria's main ruling party urged President Liamine Zeroual to rescind his decision to step down, saying the violence-torn North African country needs his leadership to end six years of civil strife. The call by the leader of the National Democratic Rally, or RND, came as the chiefs of the 11 parties represented in parliament held talks to prepare for early presidential elections, planned for February.
September 29, 1995 |
A former Interior minister was shot and killed Thursday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the capital, security forces said. Aboubakr Belkaid, 50, was shot as he crossed a city square downtown near the Casbah just after midday Thursday. As Algeria's Interior minister in the late 1980s, he was the head of the country's security forces and police, who have been the most frequent targets of attacks by Islamic militants.
July 3, 1995 |
Algerian President Liamine Zeroual has fired hard-line Interior Minister Abderrahmane Meziane-Cherif, a staunch opponent of Muslim militants waging a guerrilla war against the army-backed government. He was replaced by Mustapha Benmensour, the former governor of the eastern region of Annaba. Meziane-Cherif's ouster as Interior minister, a post with key responsibilities for fighting the militants, was the first major government reshuffle since the Algerian Cabinet was formed in February, 1994.
June 19, 1994 |
The president of the Algerian Human Rights League, a critic of both sides in the nation's political violence, was assassinated Saturday at his office in central Algiers, police said. Witnesses said several men entered the office of Yousef Fathallah, 64, then escaped after one shot him with a silencer-equipped pistol. Police provided no information about the killers. There was no claim of responsibility. Fathallah, a retired lawyer, was elected head of the Human Rights League in 1991.