Iran and US tensions are at ‘a maximum’: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the statement in a cabinet meeting. (File/AP)
Updated 20 February 2019
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Iran and US tensions are at ‘a maximum’: Rouhani

  • Rouhani also said that the US-sponsored Warsaw conference on the Middle East and Iran was a “failure”
  • “America has employed all its power against us,” he said

LONDON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Tehran and Washington tensions were at “a maximum,” state broadcaster IRIB reported.
Rouhani also said that a conference on the Middle East and Iran organized by the United States in Polish capital Warsaw this month was a “failure.”
“The struggle between Iran and America is currently at a maximum. America has employed all its power against us,” Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting.


Algeria army chief calls for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule

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Algeria army chief calls for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule

  • Move would potentially clear the way for elections to be organized in coming months
  • General Ahmed Gaid Salah's call welcomed by demonstrators in central Algiers

ALGIERS: Algeria's army chief called Tuesday for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit to govern, after weeks of mass protests demanding the ailing leader step down.
The move would potentially clear the way for elections to be organised in the coming months unless the president recovers.
"It is necessary, even imperative, to adopt a solution to get out of the crisis which responds to the legitimate demands of the Algerian people, and which guarantees the respect of the provisions of the constitution and safeguards the sovereignty of the state," General Ahmed Gaid Salah said in a televised speech.
The armed forces chief of staff, considered loyal to Bouteflika, added that the solution "is in article 102" of the constitution, under which parliament could declare the president unable to perform his duties due to serious illness.
The 82-year-old leader uses a wheelchair and has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
Bouteflika said last month he would run for a fifth term in office, despite concerns about his ability to rule, triggering a wave of protests that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets.
He later promised not to stand for another term but also postponed the elections, angering protesters who saw the move as a ploy to stay in power.
The army chief's call was welcomed with car horns honking in Algiers.