Rabat - After the Sanhadjiens, the Zianides and the Deys, is Abdelaziz Bouteflika also founding a dynasty?
Rabat – After the Sanhadjiens, the Zianides and the Deys, is Abdelaziz Bouteflika also founding a dynasty?
That is the question – joke that is exchanged between politicians and businessmen in Algiers. The reason is obvious. There is a comeback of the presidential clan that seems determined to end the DRS’s stranglehold on the spheres of the state by controlling all the important levers of power.
In the shadow of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his brother Said is leading the show. Half teacher half trade union worker, he quickly learned to manipulate the strengths and weaknesses of the system. He knows that without his brother, he would soon be thrown to the lions by a number of generals.
El Mouradia’s strategists know that today, in the eyes of Algerians, nobody can embody the presidential function better than Abdelaziz Bouteflika, even when sick and helpless. They were also able to create a lot of contacts within the army and even within the DRS.
“We must not forget that Bouteflika is a founder of the Algerian political system as it is now,” analyzes a party leader who is accustomed to being received at the presidential palace.
“Abdelaziz Bouteflika will finish his mandate and seek re-election,” says our interlocutor.
“For him , he is Boumedienne, Nasser and Hassan II’s equal. He wants to die in power,” adds a former prime minister.
But the strength of the presidential clan is that it has linked the fate of many to its own fate. Many within the establishment would not disagree with Said’s arrival to power if his brother were to disappear.
The trick then is to create the post of vice president in the new constitution. In return, the presidential clan would leave the position of Head of Government, which would have significant powers, to someone from the East of the country that is close to the generals. A delicate balance that would allow the Bouteflikas to create the first Algerian dynasty of the last two centuries.
Edited by Louise Riondel
Published in collaboration with Maghreb Intelligence
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