The renunciation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika cascaded the fall of the main pillars of the “system” so much criticized by the street.
A rather mixed assessment eighty days after the first wave of demonstrations demanding the departure of the Algerian head of state, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Begun February 22, the popular protest movement has certainly obtained, in early April, the resignation of its ghostly president. But there remains a major unknown on the long road of political transition: the role that the army intends to play for the future.
Established in early March by French media, the organization chart of the Algerian power has been significantly changed since, as shown in our video at the head of the article. The renunciation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika cascaded the fall of the main pillars of the “system” so much criticized by the street, starting with the brother of the former president, Said Bouteflika, arrested before being referred to a military court together with two former intelligence chiefs for “undermining the authority of the army” and “conspiracy against state authority”.
- People outside the race
One of the richest businessmen in the country, Ali Haddad, an industrialist at the head of the equivalent of MEDEF, will be tried in late May for “forgery and false use” after his arrest in late March at the Tunisian border while he was trying to leave Algeria. Also summoned by the judiciary in a corruption case, former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, suspected of “squandering public funds”, emerged free of a hearing in late April. As for the head of the powerful UGTA union center, Abdelmadjid Sidi-Saïd, strongly contested internally, he finally announced after 22 years of reign that he will not seek a new term at the end of June.
After eighty days of peaceful revolt, all the personalities described as driving the “system” are now out of the race. All … except the head of the army, Ahmed Gaïd Salah. It is also he who, according to observers, would pilot the operation “clean hands” targeting the oligarchs, but also, more curiously, political opponents, as Louisa Hanoune, Secretary General of the Workers’ Party, movement of inspiration Trotskyist, who was imprisoned this Thursday, May 9 at the end of a hearing by the … military justice.
Ultimate proof, and very visible, that the general Gaid Salah, 79 years old, currently directs Algeria: the official JT has eyes only for him. State television has been reporting its every move for several weeks. From his political speeches and his inspections of the troops … to the chambers, through the supervision of military exercises throughout the country, impossible to escape the “new star” of the JT.