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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Algeria under Abdelmadjid Tebboune – update

On 12 December 2020, Algeria celebrated the first Anniversary of Abdelmadjid Tebboune in power, without him. He was admitted on 28 October 2020 to University Hospital in Cologne, Germany with covid 19. National Media: Algérie Presse Service, El Moudajid Newspaper and TV 1 channel full of Praise to the President and his achievement since he took office. However, no news about his state of health or when will return home from Germany to resume his duties. The last press release from the government informing Algerian that the president is recovering well and he is expected in a few days time was on 02 December 2020. Since then, there was no news or photographs or video him in Algerian media and people are left in the dark about the health of their President and relay on foreign media, particularly French to be informed about their country.

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Algeria under Abdelmadjid Tebboune

Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the southeast by Niger, to the southwest by Mali and Mauritania, to the west by Morocco and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The National Liberation Front (Le Front de libération nationale) has dominated politics ever since Algeria won independence from France in 1962. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced out of office on 2 April 2019 after 20 years in power, and Abdelkader Bensalah was named interim president on the same day. Elections were scheduled for July 2019 but were later postponed because of protests by supporters of the Hirak movement who were disillusioned with the political system and by Algeria’s weak economy and high unemployment, as well as the announcement by President Bouteflika from his Geneva hospital bed that he would seek another five-year term in the 2019 presidential election.

December 2019 Presidential Election
Abdelmadjid Tebboune won a five-year term as president in the election on 12 December 2019. Although he ran for the presidency on an independent ticket, he is an old school regime insider, a loyalist of ousted leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. As soon as Tebboune’s victory was announced, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Algerian towns in protest. They chanted slogans against Tebboune, who they saw as a continuation of the previous regime, and demanded that the whole political establishment be swept away. Their placards read: ‘your elections are of no concern to us’, ‘We did not vote you president’ and ‘You will not govern us’.

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