No Arab Spring for Algeria

No Arab Spring for Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria, May 10 (UPI) -- As Algerians head to the polls, the government called on foreign monitors to stay at bay, noting their revolution took place more than 50 years ago.
Commentary: Political chutzpah

Commentary: Political chutzpah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Groups in Egypt funded by the U.S. Congress and other human rights and pro-democracy organizations were closed by the Egyptian military, accused of interference in domestic politics. They didn’t have much to brag about anyway.

Algerian Islamist urge 'reconciliation'

ALGIERS, Algeria, May 31 (UPI) -- Two Algerian Islamist leaders have written to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, arguing for "historic reconciliation."

Libya tumult fuels Algeria power struggle

ALGIERS, Algeria, April 18 (UPI) -- Algeria, a major oil and gas producer, appears to have ridden out the political upheaval gripping the Arab world, largely because the government has bought some time by pledging economic and political concessions.

14 Algerian soldiers die in attack

ALGIERS, Algeria, April 16 (UPI) -- An attack by militants on an army outpost in Azazga left 14 Algerian soldiers dead and a dozen wounded, security sources told Ennahar Online.

Algerian energy industry runs out of steam

ALGIERS, Algeria, March 23 (UPI) -- Algeria's energy industry, backbone of the country's economy, is in trouble as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika struggles to avert a popular uprising while locked in a power struggle with the military.

Algeria lifts state of emergency

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has lifted his country's 19-year state of emergency, officials said.

Police arrest Algerian protesters

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Protesters in Algiers Saturday were met by a strong police response that included the arrest of scores of activists seeking to topple the Algerian government.
Algerians defy demonstration ban

Algerians defy demonstration ban

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Algerian government deployed some 35,000 police and security personnel Saturday to rein in a banned pro-democracy rally in Algiers, local media said.
Anti-gov't protests planned in Algeria

Anti-gov't protests planned in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Opposition groups in Algeria, demanding the "establishment of genuine democracy," have called for protests Saturday in defiance of a ban on demonstrations.
Algeria's state of emergency to end soon

Algeria's state of emergency to end soon

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The state of emergency in Algeria will be lifted soon, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in response to anti-government protesters.
Algeria leader loses ground in power fight

Algeria leader loses ground in power fight

ALGIERS, Algeria, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, snared in a power struggle with intelligence chief Mohammed Mediene, is not expected to go for a fourth term in 2014, leaving the energy-rich North African state politically adrift with no clear successor yet in sight.

Algerian power struggle takes its toll

ALGIERS, Algeria, May 19 (UPI) -- Algeria's security service has stepped up its campaign to weaken President Abdelaziz Bouteflika with a crackdown on his allies in the top echelons of the state oil monopoly, Sonatrach, a pillar of Algeria's economy.
Slaying of police chief heightens tension

Slaying of police chief heightens tension

ALGIERS, Algeria, March 1 (UPI) -- The national police chief, Col. Ali Tounsi, has been assassinated at a time of mounting political tension caused by a power struggle between President Abdulaziz Bouteflika and his intelligence services.

Algerian leader spars with security chiefs

ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is locked in a power struggle with his main intelligence service after it moved against some of his key political allies in an anti-corruption campaign on Jan. 12.
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) hugs Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) during a welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran on August 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Arabic pronunciation: ; Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة‎) (born March 2, 1937) is the ninth President of Algeria. He has been in office since 1999. He has continued emergency rule and presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002. More recently, thousands in Algiers have marched calling for his resignation in the 2010–2011 Algerian protests.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was born on March 2, 1937 in Oujda, Morocco. He was the first child of his mother and the second child of his father (Fatima, his half-sister, preceded him). His father (Ahmed Bouteflika) and mother (Mansouria Ghezlaoui) originated from the region of Tlemcen. Bouteflika has three half-sisters (Fatima, Yamina, and Aïcha), as well as four brothers (Abdelghani, Mustapha, Abderahim and Saïd) and one sister (Latifa). Saïd serves as Abdelaziz Bouteflika's personal physician, and is said by some to be an important figure in Bouteflika's inner circle of advisers.

Bouteflika was raised in Oujda, where his father had emigrated as a youngster. He successively attended three schools there: "Sidi Ziane", "El Hoceinia" and the "Abdel Moumen" high-school, where he reportedly excelled academically. He was also affiliated with Kadiri Zaouia in Oujda.

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