ALGERIA: Gilded Cage

Ben Bella lives

When France finally gave Algeria its independence in 1962 after an eight-year guerrilla struggle, Ahmed ben Bella, an exiled freedom fighter known to his countrymen as Aminedi (Invisible One), surfaced after almost six years in French jails and quickly assumed control of the new nation. Three years later he vanished again, deposed in a bloodless coup by his army chief, Houari Boumedienne.

Ben Bella is still invisible, but now he is living in enforced leisure under the careful eye of Boumedienne's guards. The man Boumedienne regarded as an impossibly fuzzy-minded romantic who was leading Algeria to economic chaos...

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