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Amid Revolution, Algeria is Unstable – And Deep, Real Reforms are the Only Way Forward

Expand Protesters march in a cloud of tear gas fired by riot police as they denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, March 1, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Fateh Gudoum For 20 years, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has presided over the country of Algeria. But he suffered a stroke in 2013, and has not spoken in public for seven years. That didn’t stop him from announcing his campaign for a fifth term. Amid the recent practice of offering gifts to framed portraits of the ailing Mr. Bouteflika, whom many analysts describe as incapable of running the country, an Algerian protest movement…

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