Snappy the Algerian cartoonists have always been. A General holds the infusion bag of the seriously ill President, a military lifts him in a wheelchair, that the President may vote in the election of his voice and the ballot box is reached.
One of the most common motifs: The President as a Ghost. Not in a long time has shown Abdelaziz Bouteflika to his people. And especially the young people in the country have had enough of the rehearsed political theatre.
Since Bouteflika in the middle of the month, choice announced for the presidency on may 18. To April for a fifth term running, anywhere in the country to demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands were there in the past few days, and also on Friday, about ten thousand people gathered in the capital, Algiers. You are not demanding that Bouteflika to the departure again.
“Bouteflika should withdraw before it is too late,” says the 23-year-old Student Yassin from Algiers. “The corruption, the bureaucracy, the economic situation is that all This is more than bad.” In spite of the demonstration ban in the Algerian capital, security forces let the mass of Discontented still. Only sporadically, so far, to arrest, or the use of tear gas and water cannons.
in This, Bouteflika has long been regarded as the guarantor of stability in Algeria. Supported by the military in 1999, he won the election. The military saw in him the suitable Person in the country after the devastating civil war of the 1990s. Algeria’s “black decade” has called for, according to estimates, between 60,000 and 200,000 deaths.
Since then, the Algerians before the election is clear who will end up President, says the political Analyst and former MP Mustapha Bouchachi. “We have no elections. The Regime decides who will be President, and then to ask the people to sanction this.” In Algeria, le pouvoir decisions “- the Power”. Who belongs to this class of Clans, the military and influential people, many observers unclear.
With the decision to let Bouteflika re-run, have made “le pouvoir” is a big mistake. “Everyone in the country knows that Bouteflika is in a position to run the business,” says Bouchachi. “The renewed candidacy is seen by many Algerians now as a humiliation.”
For the past six years have not contacted Bouteflika to his people. The health of the ailing head of state also occurs, otherwise, the public is hardly in appearance. Since a stroke in 2013, the 1937-born Bouteflika sitting in a wheelchair. Increasingly, he says, political Meetings and public appearances. On Sunday, he was actually supposed to inaugurate the new Great mosque of Algiers. But he had to travel to medical examinations to Geneva, informed the presidential Palace shortly before. The trip by German Chancellor Angela Merkel was canceled in the spring of 2017 spontaneously, as a part of the Delegation was already in Berlin at the airport.
The relations between Berlin and Algiers are good. Germany is in fifth place in the case of imports from Algeria. The Federal Republic imported mainly Oil and natural gas. In return Germany supplies machinery and automobiles and military equipment. Algeria is the best customers of the German arms industry.
Despite the economic problems of Algeria, the high level of unemployment and the discontent of the young Generation of the country under Bouteflika remained outwardly relatively stable. The previous election, ran after a well-rehearsed pattern, such as in one of the Wikileaks-published the message of the American Embassy in Algiers in 2009 was read.
“To no one’s Surprise, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been elected to his third term,” it said in the “confidential” classified report. Bouteflika won 90 percent of the vote, and even then, all dominant was the theme of the hopelessness of the youth.
The U.S. Embassy then speaks of a “carefully choreographed election, which is numbered and controlled”. In the people, more and more of Resignation was widespread. In the last parliamentary elections two years ago, 38 percent went to just for the election – according to official data.
But the period of lethargy is over. Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia had called the Protest to contain the demands of the demonstrations as legitimate. The right place, the Premier said, but the ballot box. To hardly anyone in Algeria thinks. “All United,” it said in advance of the Friday demonstrations in a call to the Alliance Mouwatana. “We are marching to our sovereignty back.”