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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Former Algerian PM Ouyahia Coming to Washington?

This and other reports indicate that in the wake of Algeria's recent Cabinet and other reshuffles, the next Algerian Ambassador to will be several-times Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. He most recently had been PM 2008-2012.

What catches the attention here is that Ouyahia has been planning to run for President in next April's elections, especially if the ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika does not run for a fourth term. So is his appointment  reward for a career of public service or an exile to get him out of Algiers? Perhaps a bit of both, but in keeping with other recent developments, it increasingly seems likely that Bouteflika plans to run (or at least control the choice of a successor).

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