Algeria renews its support to Palestinian people

Image of Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika yesterday renewed his country’s “full and continuous support” for the Palestinian people in their struggle to determine their destiny and regain all their legitimate national rights.

In a congratulatory message to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the 30th anniversary of the declaration to establish a Palestinian state, Bouteflika wished that “the fraternal Palestinian people” achieve their aspirations of freedom and to establish their independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“Algeria will continue to exert all its efforts to address the challenges hindering the establishment of the Palestinian state,” he stressed.

“I take this opportunity to renew our full and continuing support to the Palestinian people in their struggle to determine their destiny and to restore their legitimate national rights,” the Algerian president reiterated.

Read: Algerian Prime Minister’s speech in Paris sparks controversy

(Source / 17.11.2018)

Algeria prevents candidates from separatist movements from running for municipal elections

Image of a voting booth in Algeria [Flickr]

Image of a voting booth in Algeria

The Algerian authorities are reported to have denied potential candidates from running for the municipal elections, scheduled for 23 November, on suspicions of belonging to two separatist movements.

Media sources said the the local administrations in Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia and Ghardaia have removed the candidates believed to belong to the movement for the independence of the Kabylie region (MAK), led by Ferhat Mhenni who lives in exile in France and the movement for the autonomy in Ghardaia province led by Fekhar Kamal.

In the Kabylie region, the local administration is reported to have rejected the nomination of about 30 people because they belong to MAK, which the regime views as threat to the country’s stability and security.

Read: Algeria’s largest Islamist party insists on taking part in elections

(Source / 10.10.2017)

‘Algerian elections have no meaning without major change in regime,’ says FIS leader

Image of Sheikh Ali Belhadj, co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front [File photo]

Image of Sheikh Ali Belhadj, co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front

The Deputy Head of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) said on Sunday that there must be “major change” in the ruling regime to guarantee “meaningful results” in any upcoming elections, has reported. Sheikh Ali Belhaj noted that such change could be achieved through “discussion and dialogue.”

The FIS official made his remarks following the announcement by the presidency of 23 November as the date for local elections in the country. He stressed that the political crisis in the country is “deep” and it could not be solved through local or parliamentarian elections alone.

“The solution is not to hold elections supervised by the regime in the light of a factional administration and a municipal head without enough power to carry out his programme,” he said. As such, he expects there to be a significant boycott of the elections due to the restrictions placed on the heads of municipalities.

Belhaj also pointed out that there are restrictions imposed on certain political parties by the ruling regime, including his own party.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

Algerians slammed for ‘racist’ abuse of sub-Saharan migrants

Image of migrants left stranded along the Algerian-Moroccan border [Wise‏/Twitter]

Image of migrants left stranded along the Algerian-Moroccan border

Amnesty International Algeria has condemned the “hateful” and “racist” campaign against sub-Saharan nationals and refugees that has circulated on social media this week following International World Refugee Day on 20 June.

During a press conference held at its headquarters in Algiers on the situation of stranded Syrians between Algeria and Morocco, Director of Amnesty International Algeria, Hassina Oussedik, expressed regret that “some people have chosen International Refugee Day to lead a racist campaign against sub-Saharan migrants.”

“We have noticed that some people chose that day to lead a racist and shocking campaign against Sub-Saharans, Africans and people of colour,” Oussedik explained before denouncing the calls for violence relayed on social networks.

Yesterday, the hashtag  “No to Africans in Algeria” was widely shared on Twitter where some users called for the “clean up [of] cities in Algeria.

Read: Migrants left stranded between Algeria-Morocco border

Oussedik criticised the “racist remarks and calls for violence” circulating online and called on authorities to take necessary measures by applying laws that condemn violence and racism.

“We must react and show that the people who make these remarks do not reflect the whole of Algerian society. We are an African country. We have compatriots who have a darker skin colour. It is important that we work on tolerance and acceptance of our differences.”

This campaign is a shocking, scandalous event that does not honour Algeria or the Algerians and we cannot remain silent.

Users also took to social media to blast the hashtag and the racism of certain users.

This hashtag is disgusting. Are we not African ourselves? I’m actually sickened by my own people.

Algerians will ruin their own country and do nothing to improve it but will complain about Sub Saharans escaping war

Ugly side of Algeria is rearing its head on social media, (No to Africans in Algeria) is trending

Oussedik further went on to criticise how “the media [has] played a bad role” and called on them to participate in raising awareness and propagating tolerance.

Amnesty has also urged the Algerian government to repeal certain sections of the Aliens Act, including those criminalising the irregular entry, stay and exit of Algerian territory.

“Some people brave all the prohibitions to escape from the dangers and take refuge in Algeria. These laws are a further evil for the migrants and that does not regulate their situation.”

(Source / 22.06.2017)

Algerian aid convoy heading for Gaza Strip

A convoy carrying medical and food in aid in Gaza on 18 July 2014 [Hatem Omar/Apaimages]

A convoy carrying medical and food in aid in Gaza on 18 July 2014

Algeria’s Muslim Scholars’ Association launched an aid convoy to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Anadolu has reported. The humanitarian aid will be unloaded in Egypt’s El-Arish before heading for the border crossing at Rafah.

According to association member Tihami Majory, this is the fourth such convoy that the largest independent organisation for Algerian scholars has sent to Gaza. He pointed out that preparations have been underway for two years, but the group “only received the green light from the Egyptian authorities two weeks ago.”

According to Majory, the ship contains medical aid, household appliances and school kits donated from the people of Algeria. A delegation will travel to Egypt in order to receive the ship in El-Arish and supervise its unloading and the transfer of the aid to the besieged territory.

Read: Algeria commits to paying its share of the Palestinian Authority funds

palestinian women trying to find water

(Source / 19.06.2017)

Algeria TV normalises violence against women

March against domestic violence [Reuters]

March against domestic violence

Images and speeches contained in programmes broadcast by certain Algerian television channels “publicly incites violence against women”, the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has warned.

The group called for measures to be taken in Algeria to put an end to such imagery, a statement said yesterday.

The CNDH criticised the fact that “programmes by certain television channels that are supposed to be entertainment, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, undermine the dignity of women and publicly incite adults and children alike through images and speeches.”

Many popular programmes broadcasted during Ramadan usually have hidden camera shows where women are repeatedly hit by individuals forced in artificial situations to react. The act of hitting is usually accompanied by comical sound effects and audience laughter which has been criticised for normalising violence against women.

Read: Algeria blocks internet access to prevent exam cheats

The CNDH has urged the judiciary to “apply the laws with a view to ending all forms of discrimination carried out by certain media, in particular on the basis of sex, race, colour or disability.”

It has also called on the Audiovisual Regulatory Authority to “assume its prerogatives arising from its mission as defined by the texts establishing its creation, including that of ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations in force in all broadcast programmes.”

In this context, the CNDH recommends that “media clauses banning all forms of discrimination, in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code” be included in the media operators’ specifications.

(Source / 13.06.2017)

Algeria Appoints New Prime Minister

A picture taken on February 2, 2016 shows Abdelmadjid Tebboune during a meeting of the National Liberation Front (FLN) in Algeria

A picture taken on February 2, 2016 shows Abdelmadjid Tebboune during a meeting of the National Liberation Front (FLN) in Algeria

Algiers — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who was housing minister, the new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections.

The president’s office, quoted by national news agency Algeria Press Service (APS), said the move to appoint a new premier came after Sellal submitted his government’s resignation to Bouteflika following the sitting of a new national assembly on Tuesday.

On May 04, National Liberation Front (FLN) and its ruling coalition won a clear majority parliamentary elections.

The announcement was made in a statement issued by the Algerian presidency which said: “Following the Constitutional Council’s announcement of the final results of recent legislative polls, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal submitted his resignation today to President Bouteflika.

“The president congratulated Sellal and members of his government for their good performance during their time in office,” it added.

The statement explained that in accordance with Article 91, paragraph 5 of the Constitution, the President, following consultation with the parliamentary majority, has appointed Abdelmadjid Tebboune Premier.

Bouteflika also instructed members of the resigning government to attend to the current affairs of their respective sectors, pending the appointment of the government.

The announcement of the new cabinet is expected soon and will most probably include members of majority parties FLN and Rally for Hope in Algeria (TAJ).

Islamist party Movement for the Society of Peace (MSP), said the party and its ally the Front for Change would have won if there had not been any fraud and refused Bouteflika’s suggestion to join the new government.

MSP said that the new government will not be able to face the challenges and dangers of the coming phase.

Tebboune, 71, has been minister of housing since 2012. He is seen to be close to the president and his brother al-Saeed Bouteflika who is the actual president of the country since President Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013.

In other news, Deputy Defense Minister and Army Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Saleh condemned Tuesday the statements of the opposition claiming military personnel were instructed to vote for certain candidates, describing those statements as: “incorrect, inappropriate, and unacceptable.”

Saleh didn’t explain at whom his statements were directed but media was under the impression that he was responding to Secretary General of the Workers’ Party Louisa Hanoun. Hanoun criticized the performance of the military during the elections.

Saleh stressed that the leadership was keen that all military personnel vote in elections all across Algeria.

He explained that this had happened in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Algeria and in full coordination with the Ministry of Interior.

(Source / 25.05.2017)

Morocco MP: Algeria is disintegrating

Image of Ilyas El Omari [Facebook]

Image of Ilyas El Omari

Morocco relies on the collapse of power in Algeria, according to the head of the Moroccan Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) that is closely affiliated to the royal palace of King Mohammed VI.

“The Algerian regime is on the verge of disintegration,” Ilyas El Omari, also the governor of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma region, said in an interview with the Spanish-language Atalayar newspaper published yesterday.

For El Omari, “what happens in [the region of] Guerguerate is directly linked to the internal crisis in Algeria” which “is experiencing a serious institutional, economic and social crisis.”

Read: Tensions between Algeria and Morocco at Arab League

Guerguerate is considered “an illegitimate zone” where “smuggling of tobacco, foods diverted from the Saharawi camps of Tindouf” and “proximity to the centres of Islamic terrorism in the Great Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean” are rife, according to Morocco.

“The Polisario [Front] cannot fire a single shot and its secretary-general, appointed by Algiers, cannot move a finger without order from Algeria,” he explained, referring to the secessionist Sahrawi Arab rebels in the contested Western Sahara, fighting against Rabat.

According to the politician, it is a situation where “Algeria, through the Polisario, jeopardises not only Morocco, but also international trade and regional security in the Atlantic.”

Morocco and Spain must be particularly “vigilant”, El Omari said.

Algeria has long backed the Polisario Front’s fight for the self-determination of the Sahrawi people in the Western Sahara against Morocco who considers the disputed territory part of its sovereign territory. Algeria does so in order to weaken its western neighbour.

El Omari, who came second in the legislative elections last October, also warned of the disintegration of Algeria. “The president is sick and an invalid, the struggle for succession is in progress, [there is a dizzying] fall in oil prices, rising unemployment and empty state coffers.”

(Source / 23.03.2017)

Migrants left stranded between Algeria-Morocco border

Image of Moroccan police [file photo]

Image of Moroccan police [file photo]

Around 30 migrants have been “blocked in the no man’s land” between Morocco and Algeria after being driven back by the authorities of the two countries this week.

Some 34 people, including 12 minors, were arrested between 2-10 March by authorities in the city of Oujda in north-eastern Morocco while trying to reach the Spanish enclaves and taken to the border, the Accompaniment and Defence of Foreigners and Migrants (GADEM) said on Tuesday.

“Violence has accompanied the arrests and escorted them back to the border,” the association said, highlighting the “stick shots on the arms, head or legs.”

Read: Tensions between Algeria and Morocco at Arab League

Migrants were also “subjected to violence by the Algerian security forces while trying to reach the other side of the border,” according to the group speaking to witnesses.

The Moroccan police threw us here without any explanation. We are in a field between the border posts of the two countries. In front of us, there is a trench and then, a few tens of metres, the barracks of the Algerian military

Albert, who is part of the group of migrants, told France24.

The majority of the migrants were from the Cameroon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, and are now “without water or food”.

“At first we had some cookies we shared. But there is nothing left. To feed us, we pick a plant that grows here and resembles the onion. To drink, we collect water in a kind of pond. I do not even know if it is safe,” Albert explained.

This operation comes as Morocco re-launched in mid-December its new migration policy first launched in 2013 in regulating migrants entering the country from Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Before the head of state decided on a radical change in migration policy, the Moroccan authorities sometimes threw the migrants away, and the Algerians did the same,” sociologist and president of GADEM, Mehdi Alioua, explained while speaking to AFP.

Since the end of February, raids by the authorities have intensified in northern Morocco and regular migrants are sometimes the ones to pay. Facial controls have become frequent, based solely on the colour of the skin.

Fifteen associations, including GADEM released a statement this week calling for “the immediate cessation of violence at the borders as much on the Moroccan side as Algerian” and the readmission of the people rejected from Moroccan territory.

(Source / 17.03.2017)

Bouteflika nominated Africa Coordinator for terrorism efforts

Image of Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika [file photo]

Image of Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been nominated as Africa Coordinator for Combating Terrorism during a ceremony for the outgoing and incoming Commissions of the African Union, in Addis Ababa yesterday.

Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria.

Abdelmalek Sellal, Prime Minister of Algeria

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal who acted as the personal representative of the President of the Republic. The announcement was made by President-in-Office of the AU, Alpha Condé, to members of the Bureau of the Conference, in recognition and honour of Algeria’s “personal and renewed commitment” in the fight against international terrorism.

The ceremony also recognised the significant and proven contribution of Algeria in international mobilisation around the fight against this scourge.

Political dialogue

This trust is a “strong testimony” to the policies Algeria has carried out in order to stabilise the country and its achievements in the political, economic and social fields, “thanks to the policy of dialogue, national reconciliation and civil concord.”

The AU also commended the country for its role and personal commitment to the resolution of conflicts in Africa through political dialogue.

Algeria has played a major role in mediating a solution for conflict-ridden Libya and has vehemently opposed any Western interference in the region’s affairs.

The North African country has been involved in a few successful anti-terror operations in recent weeks as it battles militant operatives in the country.

The region has seen a decrease in its security standing as militants fighting in Libya, who have faced major setbacks, attempt to move to Libya’s neighbouring states to continue their operations.

(Source / 15.03.2017)