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Vol 42 No 1

Published 12th January 2001

Industry and Islamism

In Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika faces a difficult year, with the prospect of new threats from rivals in the Algiers establishment (AC Vol 41 No 22). He must convince sceptics that his peace initiative is still viable after an upsurge in violence during Ramadan in December. The appointment of Larbi Belkheir (a power behind the throne of ex-President Chadli Bendjedid) as Secretary General to the Presidency reveals Bouteflika's dependency on powerbrokers from the ancien régime.

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