Algeria under Abdelmadjid Tebboune – update

On 12 December 2020, Algeria celebrated the first Anniversary of Abdelmadjid Tebboune in power, without him. He was admitted on 28 October 2020 to University Hospital in Cologne, Germany with covid 19. National Media: Algérie Presse Service, El Moudajid Newspaper and TV 1 channel full of Praise to the President and his achievement since he took office. However, no news about his state of health or when will return home from Germany to resume his duties. The last press release from the government informing Algerian that the president is recovering well and he is expected in a few days time was on 02 December 2020. Since then, there was no news or photographs or video him in Algerian media and people are left in the dark about the health of their President and relay on foreign media, particularly French to be informed about their country.

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Human Rights in Algeria – update

When the European Parliament passed a resolution (see below) on 26 November 2020 on “the deteriorating situation of human rights in Algeria.” Algerian government, Parliament, pro-government parties and human rights body and armed forces were shaken by this resolution and accused the European Parliament of attempting to blackmail the government and its institutions.
  The Minister of Foreign Affairs said in his statement: that “this is blatant interference in our country’s internal affairs … Those who stand behind this resolution want to blackmail our country… In order to subjugate Algeria to the Western camp, impose tutelage and neo-colonialism on us, and solve their economic problems at the expense of Algeria.”
  Mr Bouzid Lazhari, president of pro-government National Council of Human Rights said in his interview with Algérie Presse Service on 30 November that “our Human Rights and Independence derange European Parliament and use Human Rights rules to impose their political agenda and destabilize our country… the authors of this resolution are colonial nostalgia and encouraging terrorists and illegal protests”.
  Pro-government academics also supported the government and criticized European Parliament and said this resolution is written by colonialists who have not yet accept that Algeria is an independent state.
  The Algerian authorities do not accept any criticism from inside or outside. The National Media, particularly, Algérie presse service; El Moudjahid Newspaper; and TV1 channel only reports daily activities of the regime without any comments. A few independent print and online media reports on various issues in the country and publish interviews with academics. However, when the authorities do not like the contents, they face punishment or shut down.

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