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Algeria: The director of Echorouk chain arrested in Algiers

Echorouk News TV announces this Thursday on its Facebook page. The CEO of the media group Ali Foudil was arrested in Algiers, can we read. He was reportedly arrested in front of his home while on his way to work. The Echorouk channel had broadcast statements by Ali Foudil concerning corruption charges against the Bouteflika brothers. Maybe that’s why he was arrested.

The private channel Echorouk TV is positioned on the side of the anti-Bouteflika since the beginning of the demonstrations. The daily was banned for two days and state advertising boycotts the chain.

The situation is more and more tense in Algeria. The National Democratic Rally (RND), party of the Presidential Alliance, on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the day after the call of the Chief of Staff of the Algerian army at his departure.

The RND, whose secretary general is none other than the former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, recommends, in a statement, “the resignation of the President of the Republic (…) with the aim of facilitating the transition period”.

Tuesday, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, Ahmed Gaïd Salah, requested the application of Article 102 of the Constitution, providing for the state of impediment of the President Bouteflika.

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