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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algeria's president has insisted there are no divisions in the military following articles in the media indicating problems between the powerful intelligence agency and the army chief of staff.
In Algeria, which has been run by a succession of military men for decades, presidential elections often are foregone conclusion. But not this year.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed optimism Monday that Algeria could play a key role in a growing international push toward a military intervention in Mali, where recent months have seen an al Qaeda-linked extremist group seize control of an area roughly the size of California.
The Kadima party could lose a large faction of lawmakers because of its leader's decision to join the Israeli government, The Washington Times has learned.
The Algerian president's office agreed Tuesday to lift a 19-year state of emergency in a bid to defuse spiraling and potentially dangerous discontent across the nation.
Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians defied government warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after mass protests toppled Egypt's autocratic ruler.
Algeria will lift the state of emergency that has been in effect since 1992 in the "very near future," the country's president was quoted as saying Thursday.
The Algerian government on Wednesday warned that it will be the opposition's fault if a pro-democracy protest later this month turns violent.
In his latest nonfiction book, Michael Mewshaw seems determined to find out how his character felt as he himself undertook an extraordinary, 2,100-mile reporting journey through North Africa on the trail of Islamic terrorism and its state opponents in Algeria and its volatile Maghreb neighbors.
The reports concerning the deterioration of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health, which serve as the basis of the article "Egyptian leader's health on radar of U.S." (Page 1, Monday) are categorically false.
"The issue now is the end of the coalition at the top, and we don't know how it's going to turn out," he said.
"Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah has no credibility, and no one in the army holds him in their heart," he told El Watan newspaper.