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 [. [...]
Bouteflika’s next target - Ahmed Gaïd Salah ?
It was the logical conclusion of the sacking of Mohamed "Toufik" Médiene in September. The DRS intelligence and security department he headed has been turned into the DSS security services directorate, thus rebuilding the country’s power structure around Abdelaziz Bouteflika [. [...]
Bouteflika prepares to become president for life
Abdelaziz Bouteflika was in conquering mode in his message to Algerians in commemoration of November 1 1954. The major political projects he announced or re-announced should allow him to look forward to the end of his mandate with serenity… and [. [...]
Bouteflika makes social-minded cuts in infrastructure plan
Confronted with a drop in oil receipts and the risk of serious social unrest after the holiday period, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has slashed major infrastructure programs while seeking to spare the most "social-minded" among them.Joining the government only last May, finance [. [...]
Bouteflika moves to contain a shale gas revolt
Unprecedented protests in the far south of Algeria have combined with the virtual collapse of crude oil prices to prompt the Bouteflika clan to bypass the government and manage the country's affairs directly. And this even though the aging president [. [...]
Two clans vying for post-Bouteflika power
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth term in office is now well underway but clans within the presidential circle are already positioning themselves to take over if the leader's health forces him to stand down.Highly comfortable in his role as stand-in for the [. [...]