Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Algeria: Benflis out of the party?

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had a falling out with Ali Benflis in mid-2003. Their party, the National Liberation Front (FNL), elected Benflis as its secretary general and backed him in the presidential election. The pro-Bouteflika faction of the party, calling themselves the "reform faction", challenged Benflis' leadership in court and had the party's assets frozen. The reform faction is led by foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem. It now appears that Belkhadem might be manuvering to replace Benflis as secretary general.
Now, the landslide victory of Bouteflika has completely changed the state of affairs and the reformers will try to take the party back in hand, the pro-Bouteflika newspaper Le Quotidien d'Oran said on Sunday.

"Apparently the post-Benflis era has begun," the paper said. It was "expected that some heads will roll."

It pointed out that about 100 deputies out of the 200 FLN members in the assembly have already demonstrated their support for Bouteflika and that two thirds of the central committee, the FLN's top authority, has already agreed to Bouteflika.
Earlier posts ... election results ... election backgrounder.