■ Questions électorales
Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems after polls closed in Algeria's election that saw 70 people wounded in protests.
Voting ended by 19:00 GMT at polling booths across the vast North Africa country on Thursday, but with the count now under way, the 77-year-old president who has been in power since 1999 remains the firm favourite of the six candidates.
Algeria is stuck in a rut. The country is embarrassed by being corralled into accepting a fourth term for a leader few think is fit to serve as head of state. But the truth is that these elections matter very little. The aging politico-military elite, best embodied by the zombie-esque President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, must eventually give way to other forces — whether it happens now or in five years. In the meantime, a boycott bloc and a small protest movement initiated by urban youth are unlikely to derail yet another victory for Bouteflika.
توافد الناخبون في الجزائر على مراكز الاقتراع للإدلاء بأصواتهم في الانتخابات الرئاسية، التي يتوقع مراقبون على نطاق واسع فوز الرئيس الحالي عبد العزيز بوتفليقة فيها لتولي ولاية رابعة. ولم يظهر بوتفليقة (77 عاما) على الملأ إلا نادرا منذ إصابته بسكتة دماغية العام الماضي، ولم يباشر حملته الانتخابية بنفسه. وأدلى بوتفليقه بصوته، في مركز اقتراع بإحدى مدارس العاصمة الجزائرية، على كرسي متحرك. وامتنع الرئيس الجزائري عن الإدلاء بأي تصريحات، مكتفيا بالتلويح للصحفيين وأنصاره.
Opposition MPs in Zambia this week attempted to force the government to release a draft of the new constitution, which thus far it has refused to do. A private members' motion was tabled on March 7 by members of the United Party for National Development (UPND) and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to expedite the constitution-making process. Following a vote this week the motion was rejected. Parliament was also adjourned on March 11 and will resume in June 2014, suspending further motions on the constitution until then.