ALGERIA: The Final Secret

A leader leads no more

For Algerian President Houari Boumedienne, secrecy was a lifelong obsession. Born Mohammed Ben Brahim Boukharouba, he borrowed a nom de guerre from an Algerian village during the revolution against France and kept it ever since. If his movements were mysterious, so was the way in Boumedienne which he ran his country for 13 years. Last week the mystery continued as Boumedienne, 53, with a blood clot on the brain, lay near death in an Algiers hospital.

While a team of 40 doctors from eight nations, including the U.S. and the Soviet Union, sought to remove the...

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