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Vol 58 No 17

Published 25th August 2017


The state stays captured

The end of Tebboune's short premiership underlines who holds real influence in Algiers and could mark a deeper shift in the power structure

A respected senior technocrat who dared to take on the 'oligarchs' making huge fortunes in alliance with the head of state and his family has met his political end. There was private anguish about how far the lofty ideals of the ruling Front de libération nationale (FLN) had sunk, but too few dared speak out in public. Left and liberal opinion complained but could do nothing. The public, sick of crony capitalism and elite excess, is angry but is unlikely to take to the streets.

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