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Vol 58 No 5

Published 3rd March 2017


Bouteflika unbowed

Could Algeria's power-brokers really be serious about engineering a fifth term for their infirm and wheelchair-bound President? 

Since winning since a fourth term in April 2014, 79-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has shown little appetite for giving up the reins of power, at least until a succession process is agreed that protects his family's interests. This helps to explain why, while governments and Algeria-watchers abroad are focused on the seemingly inevitable departure of the ailing 'Boutef', in Algiers there is talk of elite manoeuvres that might yet end in a fifth mandate for the ailing raïs at the next presidential election, scheduled for 2019.

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