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Algeria: Private aircraft banned from taking off

Private aircraft are now banned from taking off or landing in Algeria, according to a document relayed by the Algerian press.

“All private aircraft registered in Algeria and abroad are not allowed to take off or land on the national territory,” reads.

“In these times of popular revolt and unease at the top of the state, businessmen and even politicians could be tempted by a flight abroad, including with sums of money likely to be the result of dubious transactions or corruption”, reports media.

Thelatter reports that two businessmen, Ali Haddad and Mahieddine Tahkout, are subject to a “ban on leaving the country”.

Ali Haddad was arrested last Sunday at the border, while he wanted to join Tunisia. The situation is increasingly tense in Algeria, where a new government was appointed by Bouteflika Sunday.

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