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Vol 37 No 17

Published 23rd August 1996


Algeria

Divided they rise

'The book is closed definitively' on the Front Islamique du Salut, President Lamine Zeroual has told other participants in his political dialogue. The 'eradication' policy favoured by hardliners such as the Defence Minister, Lieutenant General MohamedLamari,hasbecomegenerallyaccepted. AsDefence Minister, Gen. Zeroual held a 'secret' dialogue with gaoled FIS President Abbasi Madani. Now, his chief political manipulator, the Minister-Counsellor Major Gen. Mohamed Betchine, is striving to win over rival Islamist organisations.

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