As he restructures the intelligence services, a process that he embarked upon in July, the Algerian leader is retaking control of an apparatus that for many years had enjoyed a certain autonomy from presidential oversight.
Though weakened, president Abdelmadjid Tebboune is trying, somewhat belatedly, to take back control of the country's intelligence services in order to wield more influence over the reshuffle of the political deck.
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.
Whether it be Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Azzedine Mihoubi, Ali Benflis, Abdelaziz Belaïd or Abdelkader Bengrina, the president elected on December 12 will arrive in the El Mouradia Palace with his hands and feet bound. He will take charge of a state [.