A Sonatrach gas complex in Skikda, Algeria. Over the past 60 years, Algeria's national oil company has become a political actor in its own right.
Algeria's ongoing economic crisis and subsequent paralysis of its oil sector set the stage for the protest movement that ultimately ousted longtime President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika in April. Whoever emerges from the fray to head Algeria's political system next will need to reform the country's oil and gas sector to boost its economy. At the same time, they will need to balance the political power and interests of its national oil company Sonatrach....
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