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President of Algeria


Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika

Date of Birth: 2 March 1937
Birth Place: Oujda, Morocco
Political Party: Front de Liberation Nationale
Arrival in Power: 27 April 1999
Religion: Sufi Islam
Profession: Politician

Biography:


Abdelaziz Bouteflika was born in Morocco, he later moved to Algeria where he studied and then became involved with the Front de Liberation Nationale during the war of independence. Following the war he served several political posts and eventually left the country after falling out with the administration. In 1999 he was elected as president with 74% of the votes.


Since coming into office he has instituted various economic reform programs, which have had major positive impacts on the economy, with a very high growth rate. These programs include large infrastructure spending, creation of jobs and privatization of state industries. He has also opened Algeria to the world, the former leaders had a rather isolationist diplomatic policy.

Bouteflika was reelected on April 9th 2009, with a 90,2% of the votes, without suggesting anomalies in the elections, these kind of results however make for very bitter losers.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdelaziz_Bouteflika
The Economist

Updated on: November 30,2011

 

Prime Minister of Algeria


Ahmed OuyahiaAhmed Ouyahia

Date of Birth: 2 July 1952
Birth Place: Bouadnane, Algeria
Political Party: National Rally for Democracy
Arrival in Power: 23 June 2008
Religion: NA
Profession: NA

Biography:


Ahmed Ouyahia was born in Bouadnane, Algeria in 1952. He is a career diplomat and has served on 2 previous occasions from 1995 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2006. He was re-elected a third time in 2008.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Ouyahia

Updated on: November 30, 2011