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Vol 44 No 5

Published 7th March 2003


Minister in peril

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika basks in the glow of an unprecedented visit from French President Jacques Chirac, welcomed as a hero on 2-4 March after his standoff with the United States over Iraq. Meanwhile, Boutef's friend and high-profile Energy and Mines Minister, Chakib Khelil, looked a lame duck, even as one of Chirac's blue-chip business companions, TotalFinaElf boss Thierry Desmarest, said he might invest up to US$1 billion in Algeria.

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