Algeria – Bouteflika chosen by FLN to stand for a fifth term as president. Much political action, but the result not in much doubt.
Autocrats love grandiose projects. Arab autocrats are no exception. Religion, railways, new cities and culture are favoured fields.
Algeria presidential elections – the ailing Bouteflika remains the default candidate, or failing him a representative of the “pouvoir” (deep state). But the race is open.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
Western Sara – UN succeeds in bringing all the stakeholders in this ancient problem together. Algeria and Morocco bad neighbours. Talks to resume in 2019.
A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
MBS visited six Arab states before and after the G20. Proof of confidence he is under no threat at home. Governments toe the line of friendship, with some rewards. Problems in the Maghreb.
No candidate yet for the presidential elections in April. MBS adds Algeria to his tour. Human rights better than some.
Mawlid popular holiday, widely celebrated by both Sunnis and Shia but condemned by some including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Prophet’s Birthday (al-Mawlid al-Nabawi, or simply Mawlid) is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, by Sunnis usually on the 12th and by Shia on the 17th. There is some flexibility as the precise date is not recorded. This year 12 Rabi’ al-awwal coincides with 21 November, and in most Arab and Muslim states Mawlid will be today or tomorrow, though the celebrations begin the night before. In some countries …
Outbreak of cholera in Algeria. Cause may be corrupt evasion of regulations against irrigation of crops with human waste.