Now for the post-election purge

Now for the post-election purge
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika preparing purge of senior military officers? This would be the final push in Boutef's remarkably successful marginalization of the rival clans that have controlled Algeria over the last two decades to put the presidency at the center of the regime. Many people might see in this a positive step for Algeria, because the in-regime competition was paralyzing. But it can't be a positive step if it merely leads to one-man rule and inheritance of power along family lines. Interesting times in Algiers... and good post at the always interesting Maghreb Politics Review.

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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.