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Vol 40 No 24

Published 3rd December 1999


Algeria

Going to the dentist

Abdelkader Hachani was murdered by a lone gunman on 22 November as he waited to see an Algiers dentist. He was the leading Islamist at liberty, nominally number three in the banned Front Islamique du Salut but a more credible figure than ageing leader Abbasi Madani or gaoled preacher Ali Belhadj. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been telling the world Algeria's conflict is all but over and that since his 'civil concord' referendum on 16 September, he sits easy in power (AC Vol 40 No 15). Yet Hachani's murder underlines the risks of Bouteflika's presidency. Over eight months after his election, he has not yet named a government.

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