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APR 18, 2013 - The Economist

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Atrophy in Algeria: Septuagenarians in the Sahara

Bouteflika tucks in TIME is not on the side of Algeria’s ageing leaders. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is 76 and in poor health but there is no certainty he will step down next year, when a presidential election is due. Earlier this year, after the relatively youthful Abdelaziz Belkhadem, aged 67, lost a vote of confidence as secretary-general of the National Liberation Front (FLN), which ran the country for the first three decades after independence from France in 1962, his mooted 78-year-old successor, Abderrezak Bouhara, dropped dead. The post has yet to be filled. Meanwhile recent ... Read More

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