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Vol 41 No 4

Published 18th February 2000


Algeria

Boutef rides his luck

Peace has dawned: next, the push for a prosperity which may help protect it

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika enjoys a surplus of that most sought-after North African blessing, Baraka (God-given luck). He inherited a flagging peace process, needed to show tangible results and can now take credit for the Armée Islamique du Salut (AIS) formally giving up its arms (AC Vol 41 No 1). His appointees oversee an economy ripe for reform (which therefore, if things go well, might produce dramatic growth); the payments crisis, looming when he took power last April, looks far less threatening with the surge in global oil prices.

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