Archive: algeria

13th October 2020
When Algerian police searched the home of 52-year-old Yacine Mebarki they found among his books a copy of the Qur'an. It was an old copy, he says, that he inherited from his grandfather. On closer examination, the police spotted that one of its pages was missing – and charged him with desecrating… Read more
28th May 2020
Health authorities in Algeria and Morocco say they intend to continue treating Covid-19 patients with anti-malaria drugs despite safety concerns raised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Algeria claims to have had "great success" using hydroxychloroquine in combination with antibiotics and… Read more
15th April 2020
The coronavirus situation in Algeria is "under control" according to President Tebboune, and "stable" according to the health minister. Despite these assurances, the level of testing for Covid-19 in Algeria remains low and of the 2,070 people so far confirmed as having been infected, 326 – 16% of… Read more
3rd April 2020
By: Brian Whitaker
In the Middle East and North Africa region, Algeria now has the highest death toll linked to coronavirus outside Iran. So far, 83 people have died in Algeria and the 25 deaths reported yesterday accounted for almost half of those in Arab countries. A major factor behind Algeria's high death rate… Read more
24th March 2020
By: Brian Whitaker
With new coronavirus cases in Algeria increasing at an alarming rate, on Monday President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a complete curfew in Blida province which is the seat of more than half of the 230 confirmed infections. Across the whole country, all non-food shops, restaurants and cafes are… Read more
28th November 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
Amid preparations for a highly contentious presidential election in Algeria, the authorities have arrested Abdelhamid Amine, an artist who does satirical paintings and cartoons. Amine (@Nime_BD on Twitter) was taken into custody on Tuesday when plainclothes police raided his workplace in Oran and… Read more
11th May 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
@raoufbeingmoor" src="/sites/default/files/alg-salah-1.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; height:569px; width:500px" /> For the twelfth consecutive Friday, protesters took to the streets in Algeria yesterday, continuing their battle to dismantle Le Pouvoir – the corrupt network of… Read more
2nd April 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
Algerians who have been demonstrating on the streets for more than a month appear to have achieved their primary goal of toppling President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. On Monday the official news agency reported that the 82-year-old president will resign "before 28 April" – the date when his current… Read more
13th March 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
  Protesters returned to the streets of Algeria with renewed anger on Tuesday, accusing President Bouteflika of trickery. For a brief moment on Monday night it seemed that their key demand had been granted, and that the 82-year-old president, who is in poor health, would not after all be seeking a… Read more
12th March 2019
By: Brian Whitaker
The strikes and street protests seen in Algeria over the last couple of weeks bore fruit on Monday with the announcement that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is 82 and in poor health, will not be seeking a fifth term in office after all. At first sight, this is a significant victory for the… Read more