The Democratic Popular Kingdom of Algeria

The Democratic Popular Kingdom of Algeria
On the announcement that Said Bouteflika, brother of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is launching a political party. Long the go-to business connection for the Boutef clan, this could mean an attempt to secure a brother-to-brother presidential succession. Yet another Arab republic goes the way of a monarchy.

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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.