Boualem Boualem, President Tebboune's super-advisor
The presidential legal advisor's influence over Abdelmadjid Tebboune appears to be growing, to the point of being considered as one of his strategists.
The Algerian intelligence services were long all-powerful in Mali, especially in the north of the country. But faced with a hostile junta and a reorganisation of the Tuareg movements, Algiers must now deal with a situation that is more fragile than ever.
The dismissal of military intelligence chief General Abdelaziz Nouiouet Chouiter is one of the tell-tale signs that not everything is going smoothly between the head of the Algerian army and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, as is also the case with the Foreign Affairs Minister.
After he spoke by phone with President Emmanuel Macron this week, it's looking increasingly certain that Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will pay an official visit to France. To pave the way, Algerian army chief Said Chengriha is due in Paris later this month, while a top French foreign ministry official is expected in Algiers.
The Franco-Algerian businessman and lobbyist Tayeb Benabderrahmane is at the heart of a major French legal case involving Qatar and the PSG football team. He was also very active in Africa. A confidential French intelligence report details his lobbying practices, private intelligence-gathering and alleged trafficking in French residence permits.
M'henna Djebbar, who was caught up in former chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah's purge, is now advising army chief Said Chengriha and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. But the overhaul of the intelligence apparatus is not over.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune and his military chief of staff Said Chengriha want to erase the legacy of Chengriha's predecessor Ahmed Gaid Salah, who had put the intelligence services under the control of the army. This major overhaul could take place as soon as the president returns from Germany.
Army chief of staff Chengriha wants to bring back retired senior officers banned by his predecessor Ahmed Gaïd Salah and nip in the bud any dissent within the ranks arising from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's prolonged absence.