Political Observation - Algeria Elections
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Political Observation - Algeria Elections
Ever since the Arab Spring erupted, including the 22 February protests in Algeria, the strategy of the Arab regimes in tackling the popular dynamism in the Muslims’ lands has been virtually consistent in implementing the principle of “it is imperative to change the situation in order to preserve the status quo” by changing the faces, replacing the masks and oppressing the opposing masses in the most repugnant manner so that once they have exhausted their utmost escalation and the oppression has overwhelmed them, they would disperse and their hearts would be filled with despair; Muslims are banned from exercising their will to reclaim their authority. This is what happened in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, at the army headquarters’ square in Sudan, at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Egypt, and during the Black Decade executed by the criminal Gaid Salah against our people in Algeria.
Gaid Salah is a descendant of the collaborating clique formed during the era of agreement between the US and the Soviet Union to bequeath the colonies of Britain and France and uproot their influence; consequently Jamal Abdul Nasser backed the Algerian Liberation Front (FLN) which incorporated the first generation of American agents, and when the clique assumed power decades later, Bouteflika succeeded in downsizing France’s influence and invited US companies to invest in Algeria and share with France the pillaging of its resources.
As the people of Algeria became influenced by the waves of the Arab Spring, America invested in the army commanders exactly as she had done in Egypt. Hence, the first slogan of the dynamism was “the army and the masses are but brothers”, akin to the slogan of the Egyptian dynamism “the army and the masses are one hand”. Consequently, the army chief of staff Gaid Salah turned on president Bouteflika and aborted the attempt of his brother, Saeed Bouteflika, and his clique to maintain a grip on power after a series of internal tussles which ended in the hard nucleus of the military clique seizing the reins of power since Saeed Bouteflika had gambled on the weaker generals. And under the guise of implementing article 102 of the constitution, Gaid Salah set about issuing his orders to arrest Saeed Bouteflika, general Toufiq, general Tartag and a host of influential figures and profiteers, to offer them as scapegoats of the cosmetic change and absorb the resentment of the dynamism, thus reducing the phenomenon of corruption to that criminal clique despite the fact that the elected president Abdul Majid Taboun, Gaid Salah and Saeed Shanqriha, the commander of the territorial army that numbers more than 70% of the army’s manpower and dominates most of the army’s sectors, are the most prominent backers of the corrupt regime.
As the dynamism continued unabated and the need to hold the elections becoming persistent, an end in itself in order to absorb the anger of the masses and to allow the military clique to hide behind a civilian puppet, silence the dynamism and if necessary crush the protesters, the army top brass decided to hold the elections as previously scheduled on 12 December 2019, despite the widespread protests throughout the cities and towns.
Despite the clique’s success in imposing Abdul Majid Taboun from among five candidates to be the civilian façade for a new military coup, general chief of staff Gaid Salah and his cronies continued to ignore the calls of the popular dynamism to carry out structural reforms and succeeded in maintaining the shape of the regime that has been oppressing the Muslims in Algeria for the past six decades. And in order to lend some credibility to these elections and circumvent the demands of the popular dynamism, not only did the military junta sacrifice Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, his brother Saeed and the camp of the presidency but they also seized the opportunity to purge their opponents within the military intelligence headed by General Mohamed Mediène, also known as General Toufiq, and arrest some of the most notorious figures of corruption and theft during Bouteflika’s tenure and put them on trial.
In order to deceive public opinion and soak up and diffuse the anger of the masses, and persuade the masses that the elections were the key to salvation from chaos, civil war and division and the culmination of the struggle of the dynamism to put an end to Bouteflika’s fifth term of office, the Algerian judiciary charged Ahmed Ouyahya, Abdul Malik Sallal and business tycoon Ali Haddad with corruption and sentenced them to 15, 12 and seven years respectively. To deceive and tinker with public opinion further, the new president is expected to undertake several measures and reforms to portray himself as an independent figure rather than a tool in the hands of the military, especially after Tunisian president Kais Saeed was invited to attend the inaugural ceremony of Abdul Majid Tabun, which was an attempt to portray him before the masses as a popular voice exactly like Kais Saeed. The first measure he may undertake is to release some political prisoners as a prelude to conducting a dialogue with the popular dynamism. As for the reforms he is expected to introduce to gain some credibility and entrench the authority of the military machine from behind the scenes, they include, according to his own statement during a press conference held on 13 December 2019, amending the constitution via a committee of experts; and once the draft constitution has been debated, it will be put to a referendum. As for the second reform Tabun mentioned, it is the amendment of the elections law with the aim of establishing “effective institutions” and separating between the “wealth and the elections”. He also promised to allow the youth to take part in government at all levels and to bring the clique to account and rid the masses of their oppression through “fair trials” and by restoring the rights of those who had been wronged.
Hence, by installing a civilian president to act as a façade, the military junta has effectively proceeded in the path towards circumventing the demands of the dynamism by returning the army to their barracks and holding factual elections. This junta is in fact hoping to disperse the forces of the dynamism and lure some of its leaders from among the young activists by undertaking such measures and taking such decisions.
In respect of the standpoint of the major powers, Gaid Salah and his clique have been raising the issue of French colonialism to throw dust in the eyes of the masses; the Franco-American concord has been vividly evident as the Algerian political scene is conducted from the US embassy in Paris, which has also been visited by several figures known for their affiliation to France. This obviously rules out any clash between the two powers and dissipates the illusion of international struggle in its conventional sense. What is merely taking place is a sectional struggle over interests and a jostling for power between the puppets; America in the first instance is benefiting from the French cultural and military role in securing the Algerian regime and the US interests against the threat emanating from the masses in exchange for safeguarding France’s interests in Algeria, especially as France’s presence in Algeria via her colonialist surrogates is not classified as an effective influence since the presence in the scene does not necessarily lead to effective influence. In fact, a media and nominal presence of countries such as France, Britain and Russia in the political scene is a necessity that serves America in either distancing itself and deceiving the masses, as is the case in Libya, or for US domestic considerations, or most of the time for objective reasons.
Hence, the domestic tussles in the countries of the region, including Algeria, revolve around shaping the regimes, changing the faces and deceiving the people of the region. In other words, it is a tussle within the one single camp, namely the American camp which includes those who proceed with her as affiliates or as coerced, intimidated or enticed agents. As for Tabun’s scathing attack on France, it is designed to tinker with the sentiments of the masses, feign patriotism and give the impression that he is not a watchdog for the colonialists’ interests.
Finally, despite the military junta’s success in circumventing the elections and repositioning themselves in power, the masses should stand up to the criminal clique and their masters, reject the results of the farcical elections and the subjugation of the Ummah to remain under the rotten secularist regime, rally around the banner of Tawheed that unites the children of the Ummah rather than divide them, and work towards implementing the Islamic Shari'ah that guarantees justice, dignity, might and happiness to the masses in this life and in the hereafter. It would come as no surprise for the children of the Ummah in Algeria, who performed Jihad against the French and their surrogates for more than a century and offered more than one million martyrs, to sacrifice once again and allow Islam to accede to power.
Allah the Almighty says: 29:69 “But as for those who strive hard in Our cause -We shall most certainly guide them onto paths that lead unto Us. for, behold, God is indeed with the doers of good.”
20 Rabi’ al-Akhir 1441h
17 December 2019