RABAT, 4 March 2021 – “Ninety-seven percent of fake news” about Algeria comes from Moroccan and Israeli sources, Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune has told the magazine March 1.
Morocco and Algeria disagree on the right of the disputed Western Sahara to self-determination.
Morocco has been occupying and, effectively, recolonizing the territory since the 1970s.
Algeria has never made a secret of its support to pro-independence Polisario fighters who seek international recognition for a sovereign nation known as the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
“I will not abandon the question of Western Sahara,” Tebboune said in the interview.
Tebboune said rumors about his demise last year while he was undergoing treatment in Germany after testing positive for COVID-19 came from Morocco and Israel.
The false narratives, media warfare, passing the blame onto outside forces, are all moves of a desperate, impotent government in the throes of collapse, vying for international sympathy, Tebboune said.
During “Hirak” protests Tuesday in Algiers, some in the crowd questioned the legitimacy of Tebbone, chaninting: “Elected by fraud, appointed by the army” as they called for the Algerian leader to step down.