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Algeria’s “zombie-esque President”

April 17, 2014

Al Jazeera America: “Algeria slouches toward its elections” by Hannah Armstrong:

Algeria is stuck in a rut. The country is embarrassed by being corralled into accepting a fourth term for a leader few think is fit to serve as head of state. … The aging politico-military elite, best embodied by the zombie-esque President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, must eventually give way to other forces…

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So the president is “zombie-esque” because he continued into a fourth term but note also in the conclusion:

The tragic interpretation of Algerian history — which, when taught in local schools, begins with the revolution — is that each new power repeats the mistakes of the old.

This kind of repetition, “doomed to repeat the mistakes of its past”, is also zombie-esque.


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