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.
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.
October 25, 1997 |
A party formed this year to back Algerian President Liamine Zeroual trounced all rivals in municipal elections Friday as the regime cemented its plan to legitimize governing institutions to face an Islamic insurgency that has claimed more than 65,000 lives.
December 7, 1996 |
Muslim fundamentalists slit the throats of 19 civilians in a village near Algiers in a second night of carnage, Algerian security forces said. The Thursday slayings brought to 29 the number of people killed in overnight attacks. The attacks followed a lull in raids since a Nov. 28 referendum to change Algeria's constitution and ban political parties based on religion.
May 6, 1996 |
President Liamine Zeroual promised to hold new legislative elections next year but did not say whether the country's outlawed Islamic opposition will be allowed to participate. The announcement came after an assassination and a bombing similar to previous attacks claimed by militants seeking to overthrow the secular government and establish an Islamic state.
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.