US delegation in Algeria to discuss Western Sahara file

08 Jan 2021; MEMO: A high-level US delegation arrived in Algeria on Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation, the Western Sahara file and the situation in Libya and the Sahel.

The delegation includes Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, and the Commander of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, General Jeffrey Harrigian.

Ex-Algeria PM sentenced to 7 years in prison

05 Jan 2021; MEMO: An Algerian court yesterday sentenced former Prime Minister in ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's government, Ahmed Ouyahia, to seven years in prison on corruption charges.

Local media reported that the Sidi M'hamed court in the capital Algiers also sentenced the former ministers of tourism and transport, Ammar Ghoul and Abdelghani Zaalan, to three years in jail in the same case.

Algerian president signs new constitution into law

ALGIERS, Jan 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Algeria’s president signed the country’s new constitution into law, his office said, after the document was approved in a November referendum on record low turnout as its leader received treatment abroad for Covid-19.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who returned to Algeria this week after two months in Germany, had promoted the new constitution as the “cornerstone of the new Algeria”, as he sought to turn the page on the long-running Hirak mass protest movement.

Algeria court sentences Bouteflika's alleged daughter to 12 years in prison

01 Jan 2021; MEMO: An appeal court in Algeria on Thursday sentenced the alleged daughter of ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to 12 years in prison after she was convicted in corruption cases.

The Appeal Court of Tipaza fined Zoulikha Nachinache, known as Maya, six million Algerian dinars, and ruled to confiscate all of her real estate.

Algeria's president flies home after weeks away with COVID-19

30 Dec 2020; MEMO: President Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned to Algeria on Tuesday after two months in a German hospital being treated for COVID-19 during a period of political and economic crisis, reports Reuters.

State television showed him at a military airport outside Algiers sitting in an armchair and wearing a suit after his arrival.

Algeria MP proposes anti-normalisation bill

29 Dec 2020; MEMO: Algerian MP Amira Selim has proposed a bill which prohibits the promotion of normalising ties with the Israeli occupation on mass media and alternative media, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

In an exclusive interview with Safa, the MP said that this bill reflects the vision of the Algerian institutions regarding the Palestinian cause as they reject all forms of normalisation.

'Our stance on Western Sahara is not subject to revision or negotiation': Algerian Parliament Speaker

24 Dec 2020; MEMO: Speaker of the Algerian People's National Assembly Slimane Chenine reaffirmed his country's firm position on the Western Sahara issue and "the people's right to determine their fate."

Chenine pointed out: "The right to self-determination is guaranteed in the Charter of the United Nations and other human rights accords."

Algerian President says to "return home soon" from COVID-19 recovery in Germany

ALGIERS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced on Sunday that he "will soon return home" from his recovery process in Germany following contracting COVID-19 in October.

The announcement came in a five-minute video Tebboune posted on his official Twitter account, the first appearance of the Algerian President in more than two months.

Tebboune said he should return home after three weeks at most.

"Despite illness and being away from home, I have been following closely what's going on in the country," he said.

Algeria: Demands to stop suspicious moves by French ambassador

12 Dec 2020; MEMO:  There have been several demands for an official move-in Algeria against "suspicious meetings" held by French ambassador Francois Gouyette, described as an intervention in local affairs, at a time when President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is absent from the political scene due to illness.

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