Algeria: Bouteflika’s Brother, Intelligence Chiefs Arrested

5/8/2019

Algerian police have arrested former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's youngest brother, Said Bouteflika, alongside two former intelligence chiefs, Generals Bachir Athmane Tartag and Mohamed Mediene.

The younger Bouteflika, who served as adviser to the president for more than a decade, is seen by many as having taken de facto control of the North African state, after his brother suffered a crippling stroke in 2013.

Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah has sought to win the confidence of demonstrators by vowing to prosecute members of the old guard suspected of corruption. However, the arrest of more than half a dozen prominent businessmen seen as close to the presidential "clan" has largely failed to appease them. In prosecuting members of the ruling elite, Gaid Salah was hoping to set himself further apart from Bouteflika's immediate entourage and signal his credibility and readiness to negotiate a transition with the opposition.

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