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Algeria’s Regime Under Threat

MEES, 8 March 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets to demand an end to the 20-year presidency of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Just five weeks remain before planned presidential elections on 18 April, at which the 82-year-old Bouteflika is running for a controversial fifth term. There have been protests against the regime in the past, but none like this one.

Bouteflika, in Geneva for what officials describe as a “routine health check,” was unable to present his own campaign papers for the coming election, a reminder of 2014 when he left it to right hand man Abdelmalek Sellal to declare his candidacy. For Algerian citizens, the ailing health of the man who has been the country’s figurehead for the past two decades is at the center of protests demanding the withdrawal of his candidacy.

Mr Bouteflika has been…

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Gulf Loses Patience With Sudan

As protests against the 30-year regime of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir enter a third month the reluctance of traditional Gulf allies to provide financial backing leaves him increasingly isolated.

MEES, 22 February 2019

More than two months since protests began on 19 December against an increase in the price of bread and other basic commodities, demonstrations in Sudan have morphed into a countrywide challenge to the regime of President Omar al-Bashir. Pent up frustration with the regime and its failure to provide basic political freedoms and decent living standards has been uncorked. Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in towns and cities across the country demanding that Mr Bashir step down as well as demanding an end to the corrupt cronyist regime that he embodies.

“The sustained protests have shaken the pillars of government…

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Sudan, South Sudan Claim Oil Production Boon, But How Much?

South Sudan’s oil output is up 40% in the past year to 165,000 b/d as a cooperation agreement with Sudan comes to fruition, Juba claims. The figures may be inflated, but any increase in revenue is a welcome boost to two struggling economies.

MEES, 8 February 2019

A resumption of production from fields in former Unity state in the north of South Sudan has boosted overall output to 165,000 b/d, according to the ministry of petroleum in Juba – a 27% increase from 130,000 b/d in November, and up 40% on the average 118,000 b/d of crude sold by South Sudan in January 2018. Oil production figures from Juba during the recent years of conflict have often been inflated, suggesting the increase may not be as sharp as the ministry claims.

The upturn comes as plans hatched by Juba and Khartoum to restart fields that have been shut throughout…

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Sonatrach: Can Shake-Up Haul Lumbering Behemoth Into The 21st Century?

MEES, 24 August 2018

Sonatrach president Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour has been quietly carrying out a major restructuring of the firm’s management, including the creation of several new divisions and a change of personnel in other key posts.

The changes include the creation of three new vice-president positions: VP finance, to which executive finance director Mohamed Karoubi is promoted; VP business and development, taken on by Sonatrach’s strategy programme manager Fethi Arabi; and VP marketing, filled by Ahmed Mazighi in a promotion from his role as marketing analysis and planning director. Taam Nourredine replaces Omar Maaliou as marketing director.

The creation of new VPs is a reversal from the last major round of changes to Sonatrach’s senior management structure…

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