GLOBAL ECONOMY

Algerian government, opposition rally over security, economy

  • In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani delivers his speech during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)

    In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani delivers his speech during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani waves to supporters during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on the background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)

    In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani waves to supporters during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on the background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani delivers his speech during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)

    In this photo dated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 governing FLN party chief Amar Saadani delivers his speech during a rally held in Algiers, Algeria. Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition as threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy. Algerian flag is seen on background. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboud)  (The Associated Press)

Political tensions are bubbling between Algeria's governing party and the opposition amid the dueling threats of Islamic extremist violence and low oil prices that are pummeling the energy-dependent economy.

Citing security threats, the governing FLN held a stadium rally Wednesday to show what party chief Amar Saadani called "a front united behind President (Abdelaziz) Bouteflika and our army, mobilized more than ever to defend the borders of our country."

Algeria sees sporadic attacks from al-Qaida's North Africa arm and is worried about spillover violence from neighboring Libya.

Opposition groups held a rally creating a new political movement and calling for peaceful demonstrations around the country. They accused the FLN of scare-mongering to distract Algerians from economic woes. Opposition leader Ali Benflis called for early elections because of Bouteflika's poor health.