Algerian government, opposition rally

2016-03-31 19:06
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika  drinking tea. (File, AFP)

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika drinking tea. (File, AFP)

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Algiers - Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition amid the duelling threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy.

Citing security threats, the governing FLN held a stadium rally on Wednesday to show what party chief Amar Saadani called "a front united behind President [Abdelaziz] Bouteflika and our army, mobilized more than ever to defend the borders of our country."

Algeria sees sporadic attacks from al-Qaeda's North Africa arm and is worried about spillover violence from neighbouring Libya.

Opposition groups held a rally creating a new political movement and calling for peaceful demonstrations around the country. They accused the FLN of scare-mongering to distract Algerians from economic woes.

Opposition leader Ali Benflis called for early elections because of Bouteflika's poor health.

Read more on:    fln  |  abdelaziz bouteflika  |  algeria  |  north africa

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