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Reasons to be fearful

Diplomatic spats with erstwhile European allies and rumblings in Western Sahara are unsettling the Makhzen

As they survey the country from the Makhzen (ruling establishment), King Mohammed VI (M6) and his advisors view the new year with some foreboding. The reasons aren't obvious.


Sisi seeks security

Facing little opposition at home, the President is keen to boost his standing as a regional player

With no elections on the horizon, a dominant President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has no pressing reasons to make major changes to his government line-up. He will need to resolve the hea...


Rough seas for despot and demos

The early tide of support for Kaïs Saïed's power-grab is ebbing, harsh economic reforms and the referendum in July will be key tests

The coming year may prove Tunisia's most turbulent since 2011, when the jasmine revolution sparked the Arab Spring. President Kaïs Saïed's power-grab in July and his dete...


Political leaders versus the polls

There's little prospect of the politicians agreeing to the elections they had promised but the UN will keep trying to make it work

The legal and political causes of the failure to hold presidential elections on 24 December, the seventieth anniversary of the country's independence, look to ensure they cannot be...


Everyone wants to be president

Politicians past, present and aspiring scrambled to get on the ballot paper for the presidential election in December adding to doubts about its viability

Nominations for candidates in the country’s first-ever presidential elections closed on 22 November. With less than a month to go until the first round of voting, the politic...


The PJD loses its base

The monarchy has deftly marginalised Islamist parties through a mixture of intimidation and co-optation

The Parti de la Justice et du Développement (PJD) members of former Prime Minister Saad Eddine el Othmani's government suffered a string of policy humiliations as ministers ...


Saïed channels Mussolini

The president has carried out an absolutist 'constitutional coup' and so far has the public on his side

The Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Ennahda dominated the decade after the fall of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, but in successive governments it failed to revive the faltering ...


Deep State in plain sight

Le pouvoir had a reckoning with Islamism long before the Arab Spring and still dominates despite Hirak’s efforts at revolution

Algeria's 'Deep State' has never gone away. Popular unrest decided le pouvoir (the powers-that-be) in favour of overseeing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's removal and throwing his...


Eastern strongman squares up for the polls

As the country takes faltering steps towards elections set for December, only General Haftar has so far entered the ring

Having failed to become master of his country by the bullet with the collapse last year of his 14-month offensive against Tripoli, eastern-based General Khalifa Haftar has opted fo...


The opposition stays on hold

Appointing a technocrat prime minister has bought President Saïed more time as his approval ratings start to fall

It has become the battle of the demonstrations. So far President Kaïs Saïed, who has suspended the constitution indefinitely, is winning but scepticism about his plans is...


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