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Vol 60 No 22

Published 7th November 2019


Two visions lock horns

The military is digging in and it will take more than weekly demos to dislodge the autocrats

The activists of El Hirak ('the movement'), who have been pitting thousands of protestors against the sclerotic ruling class every Friday for nine months, had high hopes of forcing change when they celebrated the 65th anniversary of the launch of Algeria's war of liberation from France on 1 November. However, despite putting possibly the largest number of anti-regime marchers on the street yet, the de facto leader of le pouvoir ('the powers-that-be'), Vice Minister of Defence and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, doggedly clings to power.

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