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 [. [...]
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’s presidency tied to his health
Previously determined to press ahead once he won re-election (MC 1100), president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been playing for time since April 17. And for a good reason. According to Maghreb Confidential’s sources, the president, who has heard comforting words from [. [...]
Bouteflika weighs up election options
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's surprise cabinet reshuffle and security purge last week (MC 1077) has given the scandal-dogged presidential clan the opportunity to put itself centre-stage in the lead-up to the presidential elections next year. That the president will have a hand [. [...]
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 [. [...]