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Algerian uncertainty reaches Sonatrach

Further dramatic events took place in Algiers on 26 March, when army chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah said the constitution’s Article 102 should be invoked to disqualify infirm President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from hanging on in the presidency and another senior power-broker, Major General Athmane ‘Bachir’ Tartag, resigned. The Presidency’s efforts to negotiate a regime-friendly outcome involving senior diplomats Lakhdar Brahimi and Ramtane Lamamra have angered crowds who continue to fill Algerian streets.

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