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Algeria

Saïd Bouteflika

Date of Birth: 1 January 1958
Place of Birth: Oujda, Morocco


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Two visions lock horns

Both Tebboune and long-time human rights campaigner Benflis have enjoyed moments of popular acclaim – Benflis when he tried to reform the moribund FLN and then stood up to Bouteflika in 2004 (AC Vol 44 No 10 Domestic politics at last & Vol 45 No 6 A man for election seasons); Tebboune when he was briefly premier in 2017 before he was sacked after a popular anti-corruption campaign threatened presidential brother Saïd Bouteflika (AC Vol 58 No 17 The state stays captured)...

But now Vice Minister of Defence and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah has been muscling out Saïd Bouteflika's oligarch allies and is giving the military potentially even greater control over industry...


Waiting on the general

In the months since February security force décideurs have been toppled along with ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika his omnipresent brother Saïd Bouteflika four-time premier Ahmed Ouyahia and a number of crony business kingpins yet Gaïd Salah has not only retained control of the army but has been calling the shots within the interim government and an empowered judiciary (AC Vol 60 No 7 Protests flush out the old guard & Vol 60 No 13 Rounding up unusual suspects)...


A stasis of emergency

Sources say he still influences policy supported by younger brother Saïd Bouteflika who has run the presidential office while also protecting the family's business interests – supported by recently re-elected president of the employers' organisation (Forum des Chefs d'Entreprise) Ali Haddad – and cultivating a network of political and security allies...


The sick men of North Africa

Bouteflika's shadow still looms large with policy decrees appointments and political manoeuvring emerging in his name from his medicalised suite in the Zeralda presidential palace courtesy of presidential brother Saïd Bouteflika and a phalanx of loyalists led by Vice-Minister of Defence and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah and Security Services Coordinator Major General Athmane 'Bachir' Tartag...

Construction magnate Ali Haddad a business friend of Saïd Bouteflika's is likely to remain head of the flagship of Algerian crony capitalism the Forum des Chefs d'Entreprise (FCE) despite claims this summer that even his head might roll as the El Bouchi cocaine smuggling scandal highlighted wider abuses of governance (AC Vol 59 No 14 Dead in the water)...

Sources close to the presidency told Africa Confidential that Saïd Bouteflika may have serious health problems of his own...


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