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Erik Ohlsson: the Algerians want to be away svågerpolitiken and bossväldet

The 82-year-old, hard sjukdomsmärkte the president has governed Algeria in 20 years, but it has a long time been considered unable to lead the country. That he still intended to stand in the planned presidential elections on 18 april was the last straw for the hard-pressed algerians, who are plagued by unemployment and corruption. They went came out into the streets and protested. Bouteflika folded down, the choice was postponed. But the protests are continuing and have now been going on for almost two months.

No. To Bouteflika fired up the election – but was still sitting at his post – was regarded as a tactical maneuver to the ageing of the president would be able to remain in place until further notice.

No, and it makes the matter only worse. Many algerians believe that the president is a sort of ”mannequin”, and that the real maktutövarna is ”le pouvoir” (”power”): a group of influential businessmen, high ranking military officials and politicians within the maktpartiet the FLN. And they do not want to voluntarily give up their privileges.

They want to remove bossväldet and svågerpolitiken. The problem is that there is no unifying name for the opposition to Bouteflika. The protesters on the street are rightfully angry, but there is no obvious alternative to ”le pouvoir”. The risk is great that someone else in the old guard will succeed Bouteflika when the choice becomes. And it is not likely, still the frustrated protesters ' anger.

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