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08 December 2015

Dr Viola Sarnelli: Is Algeria really spring cleaning its 'deep state'?

Dr Sarnelli analyses the current situation in Algeria following the recent trials and replacement of high-ranking figures in the country's armed forces.The article was published in The Conversation.

 

The trial was fast and efficient: after only four hours, Algeria’s notorious former counter-terrorism chief Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, better known as General Hassan, was unceremoniously sentenced to five years in prison.

This was the country’s first prosecution of a high-ranking secret service officer since the Arab Uprisings, and just the most recent visible sign of a concerted effort to remake the Algerian state – and to finally make good on some still unfulfilled presidential promises.


Dr Viola Sarnelli

 

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