Why Algeria may be on a Silent Coup d’état mode

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On the evening of 14 November 2017, elements of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) gathered around Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and seized control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and key areas of the city. The next day, the ZDF issued a statement saying that it was not a coup d’étatand that President Robert Mugabe was safe, although the situation would return to normal only after the ZDF had dealt with the “criminals” around Mugabe responsible for the socio-economic problems of Zimbabwe. Jacob Zuma, then-President of South Africa, phoned Mugabe and was told that Mugabe was under house arrest but otherwise “fine”.

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The uprising took place amid tensions in the ruling ZANU–PF party between former First Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa (who was backed by the ZDF) and First Lady Grace Mugabe (who was backed by the younger G40 faction) over who would succeed the 93-year-old President Mugabe. A week after Mnangagwa was fired and forced to flee the country, and a day before troops moved into Harare, Zimbabwe Defence Forces chief Constantino Chiwengaissued a statement that purges of senior ZANU–PF officials like Mnangagwa had to stop.That is just how easily Mugabe was removed from the seat of power he o did not want to get out from.

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Algeria’s army chief of staff has demanded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule after weeks of protests against him. “We must find a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework,” Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah said in a televised speech.

The president has already agreed not to stand for a fifth term in upcoming elections, which have been delayed. But demonstrators accused him of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule.

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It’s been a month since Algerians first took to the streets to protest against the plans of ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth presidential term. The demonstrations pushed Mr Bouteflika to drop his bid, but he remains in office and the protesters are calling for him to resign immediately. The demonstrations have been led by Algeria’s younger generations, many of whom have only known Mr Bouteflika as president.

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Demonstrations  continued across Algeria despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika renouncing his bid for a fifth term in office and vowing to introduce reforms to elect a successor. Protesters are demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s immediate resignation. They say his move is a trick to prolong his two decades in power. The president postponed the 18 April presidential elections and dropped his bid for a fifth term.

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