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Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Date of Birth: 02/03/1937
Place of Birth: Oudja, Morocco


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The sick men of North Africa

This was Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rallying call to mark this year's 64th anniversary, but what all but the most blinkered Algerians saw at the formal wreath-laying at El Alia Cemetery was a wheelchair-bound and apparently extremely infirm octogenarian...

'I do not see anybody, apart from the current leader of another party of the majority… who could fill Abdelaziz Bouteflika's chair,' said Ziari, an FLN politburo member, arguing that the ruling party was in 'disrepair' and lacked any credible alternatives to the incumbent...


Dead in the water

Only in Algeria could a surge in calls for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stand for a fifth term in the 2019 presidential election trigger speculation that the 81-year-old raïs's health is even worse than previously thought and that, according to the Algiers rumour mill, he may even be dead (AC Vol 59 No 1, Cold war and glacial change)...


Cold war and glacial change

Front de libération nationale (FLN) loyalists are arguing for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's re-election even though he has been enfeebled since a stroke in 2013...


The state stays captured

With the brutal sacking on 14 August of Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune after only three months in office, the 'presidential clan' of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika once again showed it would brook no grandstanding from politicians or 'unnecessary publicity' about corruption and patronage...


Bitter pills for the politicians

Different strokesBy comparison to Buhari, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has virtually disappeared from public view for almost three years since suffering a debilitating stroke...

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Polls provide no answers

As is traditional, television recorded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's vote at Bachir el Ibrahimi primary school in El Biar...


Bouteflika unbowed

Since winning since a fourth term in April 2014, 79-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has shown little appetite for giving up the reins of power, at least until a succession process is agreed that protects his family's interests...

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is so concerned by events on his country's eastern flank that he met Hizb Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi – not a natural ally – no fewer than six times in 2016...


Cold and hot wars

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has survived another year, but attention will remain focused on the ailing raïs's health and the jostling for position in case 'Boutef' fails to make it to the planned 2019 elections...


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