Thursday, December 15, 2005

Algeria's crisis

The condition of Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a Paris hospital for surgery on a stomach ulcer, is critical according to anonymous diplomatic sources.

After the trick referendum some people are getting worried.

Meanwhile, the chain of events in the country this week have exposed the fragility of the Algerian regime, which is built on loyalty to personalities and influential people and not on the basis of the strength of state institutions. An analyst said the reason behind the tension that engulfed the country in recent days was that a number of officials whose appointment lacked legitimacy feared that they would fall if President Bouteflika left the presidency in one way or the other.


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