With protests in several Middle East countries, there are also now fears for Algeria, Yemen and Syria

A demonstrator reacts in Tahrir Square in Cairo today. There are fears that the protests will spread

Wednesday 02 February 2011

By Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph (UK)

Algeria

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has ruled the country since 1999, was elected on the promise to end the violence that had plagued the country for much of its history since independence from France in 1962.

To a certain extent he has succeeded, and after years of political upheaval the country is beginning to emerge as a centre of enterprise, heavily assisted by the country’s huge oil and gas reserves. It has estimated oil reserves of nearly 12 billion barrels, attracting strong interest from foreign oil firms. Continue reading