A senior Algerian official yesterday accused two countries which he refused to name of conspiring “to destabilise” Algeria because of “its fixed stance on the Sahara issue and its defence of its sovereignty”.
During a meeting for members of the National Rally for Democracy (RND) that was held in the capital yesterday, the Minister of State and Director of the Republic’s Presidential Cabinet Ahmed Ouyahia who leads the party said that “Two countries are conspiring against Algeria – one of those countries does not accept the idea of an independent Algeria (free from colonialism) and the other is malicious to Algeria because of its position on the fate of the Saharawi people”. He also pointed out that the two countries “are dependent on political mercenaries within Algeria who are demanding the secession of Al-Qabael (east of the capital) and Al-Mizab (southern Algeria), and we have to address this scheme”. Ouyahia refused to respond to reporters’ questions regarding the two countries which he alluded to in his speech.
On the other hand, Ouyahia said that “the greatest challenge currently faced by Algeria is the rapid decline in oil prices, but fortunately, the measures taken by the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika during the past 10 years averted it collapse”. Ouyahia was referring to the president’s decision to pay off foreign debt early in 2005. He also said that the country should not resort to external borrowing again.