Ahmed Gaid Salah sets election and intelligence reform tempo
As well as remonstrating with the demonstrators, army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah is continuing to work to strengthen his hold over the intelligence services. He wants to be able to weigh on events after the December 12 presidential [. [...]
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 [. [...]
Ahmed Gaid Salah opts for risky power grab
Having understood after the success of the March 22 demonstrations that an extension of Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth term could no longer be contemplated, army chief of staff Ahmed Gaid Salah has made his move. With the presidential clan petrified and [. [...]
Bouteflika puts on velvet gloves to secure 5th term
Confronted with the biggest popular protest movement for two decades, the Bouteflika clan has bent but not broken. While the rais, who is physically frail, has been in Geneva since February 24 for "periodical medical examinations", his entourage has adopted [. [...]
Businessmen to seek election in record numbers
Although FLN leader Djamel Ould Abbes is having trouble drawing up his lists for the May 4 parliamentary elections, the presidential party’s business clan is already assured of victory. At least three leading business figures are looking to swell the [. [...]
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. [...]