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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
b. Currency
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. Human rights
12. History
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Open map of AlgeriaAlgeria /
Political situation

Ferhat Abbas 1962-1963
Ahmed Ben Bella 1963-1965
Houari Boumedienne 1965-1978
Rabah Bitat 1978-1979
Chadly Benjedid 1979-1992
Mohammed Boudiaf 1992
Ali Kafi 1992-1994
Liamine Zeroual 1994-1999
Abdelaziz Bouteflika 1999-

Head of state: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Prime minister: Abdelaziz Belkhadem (since May 25, 2006).
The government consists of 31 ministers, plus 9 delegated ministers.
National Assembly: 380 members
Algeria has been torn apart by the civil war that has dominated the northern, and most populated part of the country. Today it appears that the government has been able to get the situation under control, even if there still are some clashes between militant Islamists and government troops from time to time.
The elections in recent years have been relatively free, with the exception of the presidential election of April, 1999 when all but one candidate was forced to resign.

By Tore Kjeilen