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A giant Algerian flag hangs on the wall behind supporters of Algerian former premier and candidate for the presidential election Ali Benflis on March 24, 2014, in Blida, Algeria. (AFP Photo/Farouk Batiche)
Anybody who has seen Algerians celebrating a national triumph, whether it be the anniversary of their military victory over French colonizers or a simple international sporting success, will be left in no doubt about their patriotism. This is as true for the...
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A man walks past electoral posters of the current Algerian president and candidate in the forthcoming presidential election, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Ain Ouassara, southwest of Algiers, on April 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democratic future. There have been few pictures of the indefatigable 77-year-old over the past few...
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A picture taken on January 14, 2013 in Algiers shows Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika waving to welcome the Emir of the State of Kuwait. (AFP)
There is absolutely no doubt that Abdelaziz Bouteflika has become synonymous with a long period of relative stability in Algeria. When he came to power in 1999, the country was racked by a murderous civil war between his government and Islamist factions. By the time...