KCS County Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Algeria May 2019


Algeria might be about to experience the Arab Spring that it never quite had in 2011. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been President since 1999 and who has become increasingly both autocratic yet infirm, was until recently seeking a fifth term in office despite suffering a near fatal stroke in 2013 and being something of the ‘invisible man’ thereafter. In a somewhat unexpected move, he resigned in early April 2019, following widespread protests, and declared that forthcoming elections would take place without him.

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