Sightline with Tim Marshall: on Algeria's future

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced he will not be seeking a fifth term as president. Tim Marshall explains what this means for the future of Algeria from The National's London bureau.

People came out to the streets when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, announced that after 20 years in power he would not be standing for a fifth consecutive term.

During his reign, the country’s vast gas and oil wealth has not trickled down to the 44 million-strong population, corruption is rife, and unemployment high – especially among the youth.

Yet there has a been a reluctance to take the route of the 2011 Arab uprisings. In this week's Sightline, Tim Marshall contextualises what Mr Bouteflika's decision means for the future of Algeria's political system.

Updated: March 17, 2019 12:37 PM


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