Daniel Halliday
Mar 14 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
When he finally steps down, how will Bouteflika be remembered in Algeria?
As Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s turnaround regarding his 5th campaign for President spells a new era for Algeria, what will it mean for Africa’s largest country? What will the legacy of Algeria’s longest serving head of state be?
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Turning point for Algeria following the fall of corruption
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Bouteflika may simply be replaced with another military stooge
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Turning point for Algeria following the fall of corruption

The stepping down of Bouteflika represents a down step in corruption and a new chapter for Algeria. This could bring a possibility for the end of rigged elections, of the economic and social control that even business leaders were protesting, and the possibility for democratic change. Bouteflika will undoubtedly leave a legacy of corruption in his wake, he is going down following a torrent of civil protests and his memory will be marked by this. He will be remembered how he exited, a weak and corrupt leader.

carnegieendowment.org/sada/78572

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Possible instability

Following the decision to finally step down on 2nd April 2019 Bouteflika's resignation may cause a power vacuum like neighbouring in Libya. Opinion of Bouteflika was mixed as he oversaw a period of relative stability and helped end a brutal civil war, but he also undermined elections and carried out a brutal regime of control, somewhat similar to neighbouring Libya. However there are now fears that those around Bouteflika will endeavour to continue to profit from a similar leader being in power, and there is always a threat of returning extreme Islamic factions that made the civil war so vicious, leaving the chances for instability high.

foxnews.com/world/algeria-president-bouteflika-steps-down-after-weeks-protests-army-pressure.amp middleeasteye.net/opinion/where-are-algerias-islamists

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Bouteflika may simply be replaced with another military stooge

Abdulaziz Bouteflika’s legacy will be one of a dictator and a military stooge, so a change in president in Algeria may be meaningless. Despite recent military shakeups and the past prosecution of brutal military leaders, it is still not understood why the previous military president Zeroual stepped down in 1999. But this mystery led to the election Bouteflika originally won to get into power, an election that has been contested by opponents. What is clear is that with such ill health Bouteflika is unfit to run the country, even at present, and the very high level of political presence of the military in Algeria means that whoever eventually succeeds him will most probably rule from somewhere within the strict military controlled dictatorial framework Bouteflika ruled from. independent.co.uk/voices/is-algeria-s-military-making-its-move-on-ageing-president-bouteflika-a6831101.html

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