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Algeria

Abdelmalek Sellal

Date of Birth: 1 August 1948
Place of Birth: Constantine


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A spring in the step

The group – which also includes former prime ministers Abdelmalek Sellal and Ahmed Ouhiaya employers' federation boss Ali Haddad and chief of staff General Ahmed Gaïd Salah – seriously underestimated the extent to which they have lost credibility particularly among young Algerians or the strength of the winds of change blowing through Algeria...


The sick men of North Africa

But the ruling elite sees few credible alternatives to Boutef: potential successors such as the former challenger Ali Benflis have been sidelined; ex-Premier Abdelmalek Sellal may even return as Bouteflika's campaign manager for a fourth time but is not seen as a likely successor (AC Vol 44 No 10 Domestic politics at last)...


The state stays captured

Having seen off Tebboune's predecessor Abdelmalek Sellal – a rival for the eventual presidential succession – Ouyahia has now outmanoeuvred Tebboune (AC Vol 58 No 10 Polls provide no answers)...


Polls provide no answers

Ouyahia returned to the Presidency where he heads Boutef's private office – and to his personal rivalry with FLN Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal another pretender for the top job...


Bouteflika unbowed

The top team around the President – led by his brother Saïd Bouteflika; the Chief of Staff and Deputy Defence Minister Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah; Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal; and the former Premier-turned-directeur de cabinet of the Presidential Office Ahmed Ouyahia – provide cover for Boutef who is usually absent from day-to-day business (AC Vol 57 No 13 Political plots in a slow month)...


Cold and hot wars

Likely successors remain machine politicians such as Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal or former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia who would be unlikely to radically change things even though economic modernisation if not political reform is central to their discourse...


Frail constitutions

Any negotiated transfer of power is likely to favour a safe regime candidate such as Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal or Minister of State and President's Office Director Ahmed Ouyahia...


Rumblings among the rivals

With Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the presidency's favourite businessman Ali Haddad among those talking up an agenda for change some diplomats and analysts see prospects for accelerated change in Algeria's sclerotic regime...


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