Rabat - Since President Bouteflika suffered his first heart attack, few years ago, and was hurriedly transported to a French hospital for medical care in total secrecy, various powerful groups have been vying, in the dark, for the favors of the powerful army to win the honor of selection for the position of president, to no avail. However, this nimble statesman, though weakened by illness and obliged to use a wheelchair for mobility and Skype for mass communication, seems to, still, hold power firmly and enjoy the confidence of the army.

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Dr Mohamed Chtatou is a professor at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat.