Chronology: Algeria

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Chronology: Algeria


Jan. 23: Officials announced that President 'Abd al-'Aziz Bouteflika would run for a fourth term in the presidential election scheduled for April 17, despite health concerns. The president suffered a stroke in April 2013, and had not directly addressed the nation in 18 months. He was 76 and had governed Algeria for 15 years. [NYT, 1/23]

Feb. 8: Hundreds gathered in Algiers to protest President Bouteflika's announcement to run for reelection. Riot police arrested protesters and broke up the demonstrations. Bouteflika had ruled Algeria since 1999, and maintained power through elections that the demonstrators claimed were fraudulent. [NYT, 2/12]

Mar. 2: Armed forces killed three militants in the mountainous Sidi 'Ali Bounab region, on suspicions that they were affiliated with al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghrib (AQIM). The army destroyed the militants' hideouts and seized weapons and ammunition in the operation. [AFP, 3/2]

Mar. 5: Twelve candidates registered for the April 17 presidential election. President Bouteflika confirmed his candidacy on television, which was the first time he spoke in public since he suffered a stroke in April 2013. The other top contender for the position, former prime minister 'Ali Benflis, warned of potential electoral fraud. …

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