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Algeria spy chief’s departure seen ‘end of an era’
September 15, 2015
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ALGIERS: The replacement of Algeria’s military intelligence chief, seen as a behind-the-scenes political king-maker for a quarter of a century, marks the “end of an era,” Algerian newspapers said on Monday.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika replaced General Mohamed Mediene, better known as General Toufik, on Sunday in a move that sealed his full control over the shadowy security services.

“General Toufik, the end of a legend,” read the front-page headline in Arabic language daily Al-Khabar.

The 76-year-old, who had seen five presidents and a dozen prime ministers come and go during his tenure as head of the the DRS intelligence service, was replaced by his deputy, General Athmane “Bachir” Tartag.

“The myth has crumbled. Without much noise nor protest, it seems,” said an editorial in French-language newspaper Liberte.

Agence France-Presse
 

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