This blog went into a deep freeze these past few months. Time to wake up and try to catch up with all that is happening in DZ land.
Let’s start today with a few bits and pieces from today’s news.
- Rumors of an imminent governmental shuffling have been swirling online. The most persistent rumor named Youcef Yousfi, the current energy minister, as a replacement for Ahmed Ouyahia. No announcement has been made as of this writing, and El Watan suggest that all this may be completely unfounded and wonders who could be behind this.
- A Manifesto for rights and freedom has been issued by a number of Algerian personalities and intellectuals. The manifesto calls for a lifting of the state of emergency, the end of restrictions imposed on political parties, labor unions and the media, the respect of basic human rights and the establishment of the rule of law.
- Ferhat Mehenni, president of the Provisional Government of Kabylia (set up by the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia) is reported to be considering ending his exile and returning to Algeria. The report links this return to the expected changes in the government and the recent events in Tunisia. An arrest warrant against Mehenni has been in effect since March 2009 for a march organized in Bouira back in 2008.