El Tiempo: Algeria, Polisario Fear Declining Health of Bouteflika and Ghali

Rabat – With Ibrahim Ghali and his “boss” Bouteflika suffering health problems, El Tiempo has warned that Polisario and Algeria are afraid of what could happen.El Tiempo published an article about Ghali’s health challenges on September 20 under the title “Concern about the Risk of Death of the Polisario Chief.”The news outlet reported that “in Algiers, the mobilization of the presidency and the intelligence services are at their highest alert.” El Tiempo’s conclusion was shared by an international analyst and a former French official.Former French Ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet also questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead. He said that Bouteflika is kept alive “artificially.”Earlier this week, the Alternative News Agency of Argentina published an article by Adalberto Agozino who analyzed the political earthquake in Algeria’s military.The analyst interpreted Algeria’s sacking of military officers as a way to “steal” the next election and questioning Algerian President Bouteflika’s ability to run for a fifth term as president.For Algeria, the Spanish media said the country “fears the worst” as the leader of the front was transferred to a hospital in Algiers.It also said that Algeria is concerned about the death of the “so-called straw man” of the Algerian regime in the Western Sahara conflict.According to El Tiempo, Ibrahim Ghali is suffering from Hepatitis C and “Bouteflika’s “public appearances are very sporadic.” Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013.El Tiempo concluded that Bouteflika will run for a fifth mandate. However, the president has to “present himself. Otherwise, it would be a jarring note.” read more

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In national interest for all Palestinians that elections be held in both

“It is in the national interest of the Palestinian people that when such elections take place, they be organized both in the West Bank and Gaza,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in a statement issued by his office (UNSCO) today. Earlier in August, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process had said that he was encouraged by the preparations for the polls across the occupied West Bank and Gaza – the first such concurrent elections in a decade. The elections were scheduled to take place on 8 October. “Local elections, conducted in line with established international standards, must contribute to advancing Palestinian reconciliation based on PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] principles as well as to ending the occupation and establishing a democratic, unified Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution,” noted Mr. Mladenov in the statement. He also called on all Palestinians to work together in good faith to overcome internal divisions and uphold democracy. read more

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