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Algerian presidential candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune (C) arrives to cast his ballot in the capital Algiers on 12 December 2019. Picture: AFP

Algeria

Protest-torn Algeria plans to ban 'hate speech'

Algerian social networks have become a battleground for rival political camps after they gave rise to the popular 'Hirak' protest movement that in April ended the 20-year reign of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

  • Algerian presidential candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune (C) arrives to cast his ballot in the capital Algiers on 12 December 2019. Picture: AFP

    New president sworn in to lead protest-hit Algeria

    Abdelmadjid Tebboune must now address the grievances of the protesters, who have remained on the streets to prevent what they see as a ploy by the political elite to retain its hold on power.

  • A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks towards security forces as they surround protesters staging an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on 12 December 2019 on the day of the presidential election. Picture: AFP

    Algerian protesters rally as election goes ahead

    The military-backed government sees the vote as the only way to end 10 months of unrest that brought down veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April. The demonstrators say no vote to replace him can be legitimate while the old guard still holds sway.

  • FILE: Former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia attended a congress session in the capital Algiers on 4 September 2017. Picture: AFP

    2 Algerian ex-PMs get heavy jail terms for corruption

    The verdicts came just two days before Algeria is due to elect a president to replace Bouteflika in a vote bitterly opposed by the country's nine-month-old protest movement, which sees it as a regime ploy to cling to power.