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Vol 47 No 3

Published 3rd February 2006


Algeria

The President's generals

The President may be back but succession rumours are festering

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has spent much of the last three months in the Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris, being treated for what was eventually announced to be a gastric ulcer. On 14 January, when he once again presided over a cabinet meeting, it seemed like business as usual. The Algiers rumour mill had been buzzing with reports that the old-guard military décideurs might be poised for a return to 'le pouvoir' as the ruling establishment is known.

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