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Mass Protests Surge in Algeria: Demand Bouteflika Cede Now

March 15, 2019

Episode Notes:

In Algeria, despite the promise by President Bouteflika to not run again at the next election, mass protests surge today calling for an end to his 20-year rule.

Haim Malka, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who specialized in the politics of North Africa, joins the Warcast to discuss the history and structural conditions that have led to this moment, the real grievances driving the mass protestation. (~12 minutes)

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:44 ] Impact of protests on Bouteflika's decisions
[ 2:17 ] Appetite for democracy in Algeria
[ 4:21 ] Disruption to Algeria's power elite
[ 6:04 ] Comparison to the 'Arab Spring'
[ 7:59 ] The challenge of Algeria's economy to political stability
[ 10:30 ] National pride and the demand for dignity

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