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Vol 53 No 23

Published 16th November 2012


No spring in the step

Popular discontent remains widespread but unfocused. The looming presidential succession may sharpen choices and increase tension

Many Algerians feel that 50 years of independence have left them with little worth celebrating. Yet while dozens of protests about housing, job shortages and other grievances take place every day, there is scant appetite for revolutionary change. Television images of chaos in Libya and Syria may discourage an ‘Arab Spring’.

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