Who is really running Algeria?

Who is really running Algeria?

Algeria is in an effective state of undeclared martial law.  The country’s most powerful body is the Haut Conseil de Sécurité (HCS). It is only supposed to intervene when the country is threatened by: an insecurity crisis; a threat of foreign aggression; or major...
Obituary: Abdelaziz Bouteflika – 1937-2021

Obituary: Abdelaziz Bouteflika – 1937-2021

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was a dominant figure in Algerian politics for more than six decades. Most notably, he was its longest-serving president, from 1999–2019. He died from cardiac arrest on 17 September at his medically equipped state residence at Zeralda at the age...
Are Chinese investors abandoning Algeria?

Are Chinese investors abandoning Algeria?

A measure of Algeria’s economic crisis is that Chinese investors are looking elsewhere in Africa to develop projects under less arduous business conditions.  In 2020 there were around 1,100 Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation projects in Africa but Algeria...
Algeria – finding useful scapegoats

Algeria – finding useful scapegoats

After several weeks of anticipation, Algeria has finally cut diplomatic relations with Morocco because of what Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra described as a proliferation of ‘hostile acts’ by Rabat.  He announced the decision on 24 August but, as Algeria...
Former Sonatrach CEO is extradited from the UAE

Former Sonatrach CEO is extradited from the UAE

Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour (b.1951) — who was Sonatrach CEO in 2017-2019 — was extradited from the UAE to Algeria on 4 August. Algeria’s Justice Ministry’s economic and financial criminal unit is pursuing him in two cases concerning:  the disadvantageous 2018...