President Abdelmadjid Tebboune reaches halfway through his term

Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected on 12 December 2019 for a five year term with just 58% of the Algerian electorate as president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. This is a similar official name to that of North Korea: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Of course, the regime in Algeria is not the same as that in Pyongyang. However, if one asks Algerians at home and abroad they will say that their regime is neither democratic nor popular. Since independence, power in Algeria has always been mingled between hard authoritarianism and Democracy. Elections are organised regularly and there are political parties, as well as a few independent press, but Elections will never be transparent, political parties and Civil Society and independent Press will never be allowed to threaten the interests of the government and the Armed forces. No matter who stands for presidential office in Algeria now or in the future, the military will remain in control and have the final say.

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