Raqs Boutef

Raqs Boutef « The Moor Next Door: Algeria's Abdel Aziz Bouteflika on the campaign trail, running for his third term as president after having amended the constitution last year to remove term limits. He faces five minor opponents with serious opposition candidates boycotting.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.