Algeria’s Islamist parties joined forces in order to increase their political power before the upcoming elections. A group of representatives supporting the Libyan Political Agreement met in Algeria to discuss the peace deal in Libya. Following the announcement of strict austerity measures, violent protests and social unrest broke out across many Algerian cities. Algerian security forces announced that they uncovered an Israeli spy ring in southern Algeria. Algerian journalists launched a campaign of solidarity with Algerian journalist Khadija Benguenna, whom they declared was unjustly attacked by an Algerian Minster. On 7 January, the Algerian authorities declared a state of emergency on its border with Tunisia, following a mass migration of Tunisians returning from conflict zones. Algeria’s Prime Minister announced that Algeria’s finances had severely suffered due to the continued decline in oil prices. Additionally, the Finance Minister declared that the funds intended to cover Algeria’s severe budget deficit had declined by over 50 percent. The Industry and Mines minister revealed that 2017 would be the year of subcontracting, declaring that numerous investment incentives launched would be launched.