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Vol 62 No 1

Published 7th January 2021


In intensive care

President Tebboune's long stay in Germany raises questions about his grip on power while the military is keen to flex its muscles abroad

There were glimmers of hope when a civilian president with a reformist reputation, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, was elected after mass protests ended his strongman predecessor's 20-year rule in December 2019. And when the army Chief of Staff who threatened to dominate Tebboune, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, then died suddenly, it seemed that Algeria's sclerotic political system could finally be rejuvenated.

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