Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria to implement 'new growth model' to cope with oil price drop

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Photo©Sidali Djarboub/AP/SIPAAlgeria pans to launch a new "economic growth model" for the next four years focussed on reforming the tax system to bring in more revenue and reduce dependence on energy exports.

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Algeria Country Profile 2015: The endgame beckons

altPresident Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a landslide re-election in April 2014, but his continued health problems after a 2013 stroke have brought talk about the succession to the fore.

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Algeria's generational change

The downfall of a powerful security chief heralds generational change.

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The agile bed-ridden president runs

From Ghana's election sleuths, John Kerry's conundrum, Algeria's surprisingly agile bed-ridden president, to Ethiopian students protesting against the import of a "globally fluent" city, yours truly brings you a mix of insider political gossip and backstory tidbits.

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Politics of attendance and no-shows - Anansi

European Union and African leaders pose for a family photo during a European Union Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. Photo©ReutersShowing up at a summit can be key to a politician's image and communications strategy, but the power of a well-planned absence or boycott is all too tempting for some. The sick no-shows, also, manage to use the doctrine of silence surrounding the health of African leaders to their advantage. The Europe-Africa summit in April provided just the right platform for drama brewed in the African pot.

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Algeria: The battles Bouteflika has won

A substantial military guard has protected the In Amenas plant since the 2013 hostage crisis. Photo©Tsuyoshi MATSUMOTO/AP/SIPAThe roots of Bouteflika's popularity go back to his bargaining with Islamist forces in the 1990s and restoring Algeria's pride. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika benefits from his dynamic past.

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Elections: The big men back Algeria's Bouteflika

An executive vice-president would relieve President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of physically demanding tasks. Photo©Ryad KramdiWeakened by a stroke in 2013, and despite his increasingly rare public engagements, 77-year-old Bouteflika remains the establishment's choice in April's presidential polls.

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Election Watch 2014: Algerian succession worries loom

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Photo©ReutersWill Algeria's three-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stay or will he go?

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Anansi: Government reshuffle - Just what the doctor ordered

Macky Sall - Senegal (Top left),  Goodluck Jonathan - Nigeria (Top right), Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe (Bottom left), Abdelaziz Bouteflika - Algeria (Bottom right). Phtos©ReutersThe ministerial reshuffle is a familiar ruse used by leaders on the ropes who want to catch their breath.

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Algeria's stalling political system

Bouteflika was the major beneficiary of the post-civil-war arrangement/Photo©Anis Belghoul/AP/SIPAThe political class is trying to prepare for a post-Bouteflika era.

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