Jump to navigation

Vol 41 No 1

Published 7th January 2000

New brooms

In Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's honeymoon period won't survive the end of Ramadan this weekend. Expect a tough military-led Islamist campaign early in the year, then subsequent reprisals against civilians. The key indicator for Algerians is the level of political violence. The dramatic fall in terror attacks last year explains why so many Algerians changed their minds about 'Boutef'. Unexpectedly, he appeared to be breaking free of the generals' grip and capable of taking real political initiatives. Algiers, at least, almost returned to the pre-terror days; business confidence mounted.

End of preview - This article contains approximately 1393 words.

End of preview

Subscribers: Log in now to read the complete article.

Account Holders: Log in now and use your Account Credit to buy this article. No Credit? Top up your Account now.

If you are logged in, but still cannot access the full text of this article, email customer services or telephone us on +44(0)1638 743633.