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Algeria president paving way for succession

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seen on June 15, 2015, in Algiers, has ruled the oil-rich North African state since 1999Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his allies will have free rein to prepare for the ageing leader’s succession with the removal of the once-powerful intelligence chief, experts and local media said Monday. Bouteflika has ruled the oil-rich North African state since 1999, but concerns have been growing over how much longer he can stay in power. For years the head of the influential DRS intelligence service Mohamed Mediene — better known as General Toufik — had been a potential rival for power.

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