August 27, 2000 |
Wrestling to end a civil insurgency that has killed thousands of people, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika faced a new challenge Saturday when his 8-month-old government resigned. The president accepted the collective resignation of his Cabinet after meeting with Prime Minister Ahmed Benbitour in the morning. He immediately charged close aide Ali Benflis with forming a new government, and later in the day Benflis unveiled his Cabinet.
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.
September 13, 1998 |
Algerian political parties began a flurry of consultations following President Liamine Zeroual's call for early elections, and a newspaper said Saturday that his decision to step down was a "coup d'etat in disguise" by the powerful military establishment.
September 12, 1998 |
President Liamine Zeroual, battling an Islamic insurgency and economic woes, announced Friday that he will shorten his term and call an early election before March. Zeroual, 57, made his statement on nationwide television. He didn't give a date for his resignation, though presumably he will remain in office until a successor is elected. He was elected to the presidency in November 1995 for a five-year term.
November 30, 1996 |
Opponents of Algeria's military-backed government disputed official results that showed 86% of Algeria's voters approved a referendum banning Islamic parties from government and giving the president more power. With a turnout of 79%, the referendum to revise the constitution was opposed by just 14% of voters, Interior Minister Mustafa Benmansour said. But opposition parties and many Algerian journalists suggested turnout figures and results were fabricated.
September 16, 1996 |
Thirty-eight Algerian political, union and other leaders signed a pact Sunday outside Algiers at the end of a disputed national conference intended to pave the way for a multi-party system and general elections next year. President Liamine Zeroual was shown live on Algerian state television applauding the one female and 37 male signatories at the conference, which was boycotted by two main secular parties and from which radical Islamists were barred.