ALGERIA: Boumedienne's Mixed Legacy

The question now: who will carry on the revolution?

For 13 years, Houari Boumedienne ran Algeria like the battlefront commander he had been in the war for independence from France. He was not only his country's President but also its Minister of Defense, President of the Council of the Revolution and chief of the ruling National Liberation Front (F.L.N.) party. When a 1976 constitution enabled him to name a Vice President and Premier, he left both posts vacant. Wielding his influence shrewdly, he built Algeria into a political force to be reckoned with and was determined to make it an industrial...

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