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Vol 43 No 14

Published 12th July 2002


Algeria

Bouteflika digs in

The President is pleased with the polls but hasn't yet won the war

Islamist violence and Kabyle protests continue, while Algerian militants feature large in the United States' 'war against terrorism'. Yet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika can feel more secure than ever since he took power in 1998, rejoicing (despite a low turnout) in the big majority secured by his allies in the former single party, the Front de Libération Nationale in the 30 May elections. The FLN now has 199 members of parliament in the new 389-seat Assemblée Populaire Nationale.

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