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Vol 40 No 9

Published 30th April 1999


Algeria

Enemies within

Although the establishment candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika won, the manner of his victory in the 15 April presidential election - with the authorities failing to bludgeon any of his six rivals into competing - led the Algiers rumour mill to suggest that 'Boutef' may be in office for only for a matter of months. A holding operation has been announced, with Prime Minister Smail Hamdani staying on at least until this summer's Organisation of African Unity summit on 12 July.

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