The announcement by the President of Algeria, Abdelazizi Bouteflika, to run for a fifth term in the upcoming elections has caused hundreds of demonstrators to take to the streets to protest this decision.
The Italian Ambassador in Algeria announced that the Algerian Army has deployed its troops on the southern and east borders of the country. The Algerian authorities have announced before that the country's borders are being used by illegal immigrants.
Algeria exported 27.2 million tonnes of crude oil in the first quarter of 2018 as part of strategy to slash costs on imported petroleum goods. The costs of imports dropped from 188.2 million to 51.3 million after the shift.