Algeria

Algeria by Alistair Galloway

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.

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Algeria by Alistair Galloway

The Algerian government announced that it approved plans to curtail government expenditure. Algerian oil company Sonatrach awarded Chinese Petroleum Engineering Construction a deal to modernise one of Algeria’s oil refineries. Sonatrach also travelled to Jordan to present a bid to supply Jordan with liquified gas. Algeria announced its plans to launch a geostationary satellite by mid-2017. An Algerian police officer was killed in an attack by three gunmen linked to the Islamic State in a restaurant in Constantine. Algeria is one of the eight African countries to be elected to the United Nations International Law Commission. Protests over social housing turned violent in small village near Tizi-Ouzou in Kabylie.

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Algeria by Lewis McKinnon

In Algeria, a memorandum has been signed between Algeria and Indonesia to cooperate within the Industrial sector. Algeria’s state-owned gas company signed contracts to increase Algeria’s oil transportation capacity. Algeria has opened its doors to investment from the United States (US) in a bid to improve their relationship with the US. Algerian defence ministers signed a joint agreement to manufacture helicopters. Algeria acquired 67 T-90 tanks from Russia, in a bid to support its military forces on the ground. Three terrorists surrendered to the Algerian authorities, handing over their weapons, ammunitions, and technology. Militants along the Algerian border killed and injured Tunisian police offers. The Algerian government signed a memorandum with the Ugandan government to train and equip Ugandan police officers. 

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Algeria by Lewis McKinnon

In Algerian affairs protests have broken out in Algeria demanding the release of the television producers of KBC’s talk show. Algeria has reaffirmed its support and solidarity for the just cause of the Saharawi people. Indonesia and Algeria have signed a memorandum of understanding which sets out plans to strengthen co-operation between their countries in the field of university education and scientific research. The Algerian People's National Army received new Russian T-90 3rd Generation battle tanks. Algeria played a crucial role in the mediation of secret talks between Syria and Turkey. Algeria has reached an agreement with Morocco to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. A new security division for special operations has been announced by the Algerian Directorate General of National Security. The French energy company Total has filed an arbitration request against Algerian state owned company Sonatrach, regarding profit sharing terms. Algeria signed a deal with Indonesia's Indorama Corporation to develop a phosphate mine in Algeria. Algeria has launched a ‘new economic growth model’ and passed a new Investment Law in order to revive Algeria’s stagnating economy. The telecommunications company Ooredoo is the first company to provide 4G internet access within Algeria. Algeria’s Tiguentourine gas plant is ready to return to full capacity for the first time since it was attacked in 2013. 

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Algeria by Lewis McKinnon

Algeria's Lower House of Parliament announced amendments to a bill focused on promoting investment. Senior staff at an Algerian television organisation were arrested regarding their involvement in a satirical talk show undermining the president.The Ministry of Professional Training and Education announced that Algeria and the United Nations (UN) will develop an exchange program for cooperation in vocational training and education. Algeria's agency for energy signed a memorandum of understanding to encourage cooperation regarding energy efficiency. Thirty four migrants were found dead in the Sahara desert near the Algerian border, abandoned by their smuggler. The Algerian security services prevented an attack on a mall in Setif by Islamic State (IS)-linked militants. The Algerian police have dismantled an international criminal network of drug dealers specialising in the trafficking of hard drugs. The Algerian government blocked all social media sites following the leaking of exam papers online. Algeria plans to launch Islamic financial services in order to create a new revenue stream following the sharp fall in oil prices. The Algerian courts have blocked billionaire Issad Rebrab from purchasing a media group that has been previously critical of the president. Hyundai announced its assembly plant will begin operations in Algeria. 

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Algeria by Lewis McKinnon

Algeria and France signed a number of agreements to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Algerian Metro Company, along with Algerian National Railways, signed a deal to expand their Cital joint venture, which will expand their fleet of train units. The Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) party welcomed back ex-oil minister Chakib Kheli who returned from exile thismonth. The Algerian government announced that they are struggling to deal with the number of refugees migrating from conflict zones towards Algeria. Following an article published in the French media associating Algeria’s president with the Panama Papers, Algeria denied the French press visas to cover the French Prime Minister's visit to Algeria. The Algerian government released an announcement supporting Libya and declaring that it hopes to reopen its Libyan embassy as soon as possible. On 20 April, the Algerian Berber community took to the streets in protest to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the ‘Berber Spring’ and to demand official recognition for the Amazigh language. Algeria has defended its stance against foreign military intervention in Yemen, declaring that Algeria supports non-intervention over military action. The Algerian airforce increased its order of Russian made Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The Algerian airforce killed 14 Islamist fighters near the border with Tunisia. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released growth expectations for Algeria in 2016 and 2017, showing declining growth rates in 2017.

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Algeria by Alistair Galloway

In Algerian affairs, the Algerian government provided 18 tonnes of pharmaceutical and medical aid to Libyan municipalities. During a state visit the Danish Foreign Minister discussed expanding cooperation between Denmark and Algeria. The Algerian government approved a new constitution which limits the number of terms a president can hold and which recognises Amazigh as an official language within Algeria. The Danish company FLSmidt has signed a contract for the supply of a greenfield cement plant in Algeria. In cooperation with Algerian Transport ministry two Chinese companies have signed a deal worth $3.3 billion to build a new port at Cherchell. The French rail group Alstom has been contracted to provide the city of Setif with 26 Citadis trams. Following a counterterrorism operation Algerian troops killed a militants in the woods of Tizi Ouzou province and seized weaponry. The Algerian energy minister announced plans to establish Algerian-Iranian water management companies. BP confirmed a new start up at its Salah Gas project in Algeria, aimed at increasing its production.

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Algeria by Alistair Galloway

Tens of thousands of Algerian citizens attended the funeral of national independence hero, Hocine Ait-Ahmed. The Algerian government raised concerns over the large influx of Moroccans attempting to cross into Libya through Algeria. Algeria announced plans to restrict powers and presidential terms. In a state visit to Algeria, the Maltese President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca announced her country's desire to further strengthen its cooperation with Algeria on a range of issues. The Algerian Air Force purchased 2 Su-34 Sukhoi Russian fighter jets in attempts to upgrade its current outdated Soviet-era Su-24s. On 10 January, the Algerian government paid $26 million in support for the 2016 budget of the Palestinian National Authority. On 12 January, Algerian security forces arrested seven gunmen in the southern region of Amenas, close to the gas plant where a deadly attack occurred in January 2013. The Council of Ministers approved the project of a new commercial port expected to be built at El Hamdania, in the town of Cherchell.

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Algeria by Alistair Galloway

In Algerian domestic affairs the president of Algeria retuned from a private medical visit to France, creating speculation regarding his health. The president received the Ghanian ambassador to Algeria and discussed increasing cooperation with Ghana. The French Director General of Civil Safety and Management of Crisis, paid a visit to Algeria in order to analyse Algerian-French cooperation. The counter terrorism chief Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, was sentenced to five years in prison for destroying documents and disobeying military orders. At the COP21 in Paris, the Algerian Prime Minister called for the establishment of an African Forum on renewable energy. The Algerian parliament approved the 2016 budget, which was met with protest from the opposition parties. The Saudi-Algerian committee signed three partnership agreements between the two countries. Algerian troops destroyed multiple terrorist cells in the eastern provinces of Algeria, killing two militants and seizing explosives.

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Algeria by Alistair Galloway

Severe flooding in the southwestern provinces has destroyed homes and refugee camps across the region, causing the United Nations to respond with emergency aid. The Algerian authorities ordered the television channel El Watan to close following the broadcast of subversive remarks. Algeria and Brazil have been in discussions following a visit from Brazilian foreign minister, who perceives Algeria to be a second partner in Africa. In northern Algeria three militants were killed by Algerian forces during a counter terrorism operation. The European Union has adopted two programs worth €25 million to support both the economy and citizen participation in Algeria. Following an increase in oil yields, Nigeria expects a 4.1 per cent rise in oil prices

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