Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika is seen heading to vote at a polling station in Algiers on November 23, 2017. In 2019, Bouteflika will be running for his fifth five-year term.
Algeria's political system has remained tightly controlled by its ruling parties for almost two decades, but major economic challenges have prompted those in power to listen to the opposition more seriously than ever before. Opposition parties have found the space to effectively channel real economic grievances, and they are helping nudge economic reform forward. In order to appease the growing opposition, the government will be motivated to enact minor economic reforms to keep the tide of domestic unrest at bay. And even these small changes signal a very new way of moving forward for the restrictive Algerian government....
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