Bouteflika Wins Third TermApril 30, 2009
President Bouteflika wins third term with 90.24% of the vote. Five other candidates participated in the race.
New Gas PipelineJuly 31, 2009
Algeria, Nigeria and Niger formally agree to build a $13 billion pipeline for Nigerian gas to cross the Sahara Desert to the Mediterranean.
Joint Command to Combat TerrorApril 30, 2010
Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger set up joint command to combat against area terrorism.
Arab Spring in AlgeriaJanuary 31, 2011
Through April, Arab Spring protesters clash with security forces. In response, President Bouteflika cuts food prices, ends 19 year state-of-emergency, and ends state monopoly over the radio. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda continues terrorist attacks.
Al-Qaeda Leader in Algeria KilledOctober 31, 2012
Army kills Algerian al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, Boualem Bekai.
France Recognizes ColonialismDecember 31, 2012
French President François Hollande acknowledges France’s role Algerian suffering during period of colonization, but does not directly apologize.
Hostages Killed by Al-MurabitounJanuary 31, 2013
Dozens of foreign hostages are killed by Islamist al-Murabitoun group prior to raid by Algerian special forces.
Bouteflika Wins 4th TermApril 30, 2014
President Bouteflika wins fourth term as president.
Algerian Constitutional AmendmentsFebruary 29, 2016
Under Pres. Bouteflika, the Algerian constitution was amended to further separate powers, limiting presidential and military powers.
Gas plant hit by rocket attackMarch 18, 2016
Al-Qaeda’s Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the rocket-propelled grenades at an Algerian gas plant that was operated by foreign energy hegemons.
Algeria ruling coalition won parliamentary electionsMay 5, 2017
The National Liberation Front (FLN), the party of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflik, maintained its majority in the national assembly. The party has dominated Algeria’s politics since its independence from France, however it lost a quarter of its assembly seats.
Berbers demand language rightsDecember 15, 2017
Berber communities across Algeria protested after the government rejected an amendment to the 2018 budget that would have formalized the teaching of the Tamazight language in local schools.
Algeria’s deadliest plane crash killed 357April 11, 2018
One of Algeria’s military planes crashed close to Algiers shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base.
The United Nations condemned Algeria for expelling African migrants and refugeesMay 23, 2018
Migrants reportedly told the UN that they were expelled into the desert, while others were detained in military bases or transported to the border.