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Vol 61 No 2

Published 23rd January 2020


Desperately seeking legitimacy

The new President will struggle to assert himself and break free from the military and the Deep State

The sudden death on 23 December of military strongman Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah may prove more significant for Algeria's future than the election on 12 December of a civilian president, former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Tebboune was closely identified with the late Army Chief of Staff and Vice-Minister of Defence, who was the chief strategist of le pouvoir ('the powers that be'), plotting to divert or wait out the mass protests against their monopoly of power and money.

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