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Vol 37 No 11

Published 24th May 1996


Algeria

Soldiers hold on

Democratisation is the slogan but the soldiers are not letting go. On 12 May, President Lamine Zeroual unveiled a political reform package which looks forward to a 'national conference' in July, a constitutional referendum in November and parliamentary elections early in 1997 (AC Vol 37 No 2). Yet the military will remain powerful: the architect of this ambivalent strategy is General Zeroual' s senior Minister-Counsellor, Major Gen. Mohamed Betchine.

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