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Vol 44 No 10

Published 16th May 2003


Algeria

Domestic politics at last

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's 5 May decision to end months of political sniping by sacking his former campaign manager turned political rival, Ali Benflis, has allowed Algerians to refocus on domestic politics in the run-up to the presidential election, due by April 2004. Benflis is a capable, committed organiser who played a lead role in rebuilding the formerly ruling Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) into a major political force. With success has come ambition clearly reflected at the FLN's eighth congress in mid-March, when Bouteflika's portrait was not exhibited in the hall, even though the FLN was expected to back his presidential campaign.

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