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Algeria's Bouteflika consolidates curbs on state intelligence agency

Adelaziz Bouteflika.President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has signed a decree to curb the presence of Algeria's military intelligence service in public institutions, government sources said, to downgrade his rivals and ensure a smooth transition when he steps down.

Tunisia election tests transition from autocracy to democracy

Tunisia is heading for its second free election.Blaring music and flags fill the hall where Tunisia's Initiative Party is warming up to test its chances in the second free election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor

The Libyan flag.Libya's self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognised by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

ISS: Think Again - Renamo's renaissance, and civil war as election strategy

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.In 2009, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) recorded its worst ever showing in an election. Its candidate, rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama, was trying so hard to play the respectable politician, yet he received only 650 679 votes (16.41% of the total). This was, astoundingly, over 300 000 votes fewer than he had garnered in the 2004 poll.

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