Intelligence: Ahmed Gaid Salah recreates his own "DRS"
Army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah is manoeuvring furiously to strengthen his hold over post-Bouteflika Algeria. He has set about turning the Army Central Security Directorate, the DCSA, into an all-powerful intelligence service comparable to the former Intelligence and [. [...]
Tebboune cleans up Sellal era contracts
Abdelmajid Tebboune, who has been head of government since May 25, has wasted no time in launching a major review of public sector contracts signed by his predecessor as prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal. According to our sources, Tebboune signed an urgent [. [...]
Who will run Bouteflika's campaign?
Abdelaziz Bouteflika wants would-be challengers to emerge from the woodworks before officially announcing his intention to stand for a fourth term in next April’s presidential elections. But he’s already weighing his choice of a campaign director, a highly strategic job. [...]
Bouteflika triggers vast security shakeup
On the defensive for months (MC 1061), president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s clan headed by his brother Said has embarked on a drive to curb the powers of the country’s security establishment. Their determination lies behind sudden changes at the intelligence and [. [...]
Bouteflika irrelevant on army & gas issues
In the end it doesn’t seem to matter whether Abdelaziz Bouteflika is able to return quickly to Algiers or not. The president’s absence during his convalescence in Paris hasn’t stopped the military from discreetly preparing for the "other" crucial succession [. [...]
Tartag keen to see last of Bouteflika clan
There’s no longer the least doubt that Athmane Tartag, alias Bechir, the number two man in the Algerian intelligence agency Departement du Rensignement et de la Securite (DRS) wants to do away with president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s clan and prevent him [. [...]
Bouteflika & Mediene need to fight together
An investigation by a Milan court into hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes paid by Italy’s Saipem to persons close to former energy minister Chakib Khelil has had the unexpected result in Algiers of forcing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and [. [...]