Algeria's president hospitalised

28 Oct 2020; MEMO: Algeria’s president has been admitted to a specialised treatment unit in an army hospital, his office said on Tuesday, days before a critical referendum on changes he has pushed to the constitution.

The statement from the presidency carried on Algerian state media did not specify if Abdelmadjid Tebboune had tested positive for the coronavirus, but said his condition was stable and did not warrant any concern and that he was still working.

Algeria: Scholars say new constitution threatens the country’s future

07 Oct 2020; MEMO: The association representing Islamic scholars in Algeria has expressed its reservations and concerns about some of the articles in the draft constitution which is due to be voted on in a referendum on 1 November. “These articles are a threat to the future of the nation,” said the association, “which everyone will be responsible for if we all keep silent or fail to draw attention to the danger and provide advice.”

Palestinian cause remains sacred: Algeria president

23 Sep 2020; MEMO: The right of the Palestinian people to have a state with Jerusalem as its capital is not subject to bargain, the Algerian president said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s remarks came at a speech he delivered at the 75th UN General Assembly via video link.

“The Palestinian cause remains a sacred cause for Algeria and its people,” Tebboune said.

‘France must hand over our martyrs’ remains and recognise colonial crimes’: Algeria president

22 Sep 2020; MEMO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that France must hand over the remains of Algerian resistance martyrs and recognise its colonial crimes, stressing that the remains that Algeria received earlier this year were only a first step.

Covid-19: Algerian PM says date of reopening schools depends on situation

ALGIERS, Sept 14 (NNN-Xinhua) — Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad said that the date for the start of 2020-2021 school year depends on the COVID-19 situation in the country, the official APS news agency reported.

Djerad told media that the scientific committee monitoring the spread of COVID-19 will provide its professional suggestion for the date of opening schools to the government.

He affirmed that the epidemiological situation in the country is stable now thanks to the respect of preventive health measures.

Algerian president decries crimes of French colonialism

21 Aug 2020; MEMO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday said that the French colonization of his country resulted in “crimes against humanity”, according to the official Algeria Press Service, Anadolu Agency reports.

This came in a speech to the Algerian people on Muhajid Day, which commemorates the veterans of the War of Independence.

Algeria to allow private banks, airlines, sea transport firms

18 Aug 2020; MEMO: Algeria will allow its private sector to set up banks as well as air and sea transport companies for goods and passengers to reduce spending, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Tuesday.

The move is part of wider reforms by the OPEC member to cope with financial problems caused by a sharp fall in energy export revenues, the main source of state funding for the North African country.

Algerian court jails journalist three years

11 Aug 2020; MEMO: An Algerian court on Monday sentenced a journalist and activist to three years in prison on charges of harming national unity, a rights group that defends detainees said.

The court in the capital, Algiers, also handed a four-month jail sentence to two other activists for the same charges, according to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees. Justice Ministry officials could not be reached for comment.

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