His absence had fueled rumors for weeks. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 75, suffering from Covid-19, appeared publicly on Sunday for the first time since October 15 and his confinement in Algeria – then his hospitalization in Germany where he had been rushed.
Visibly thinner, the Head of State delivered a “speech to the people” the day after the first anniversary of his electoral victory. “I am recovering. it will take another one, two or three weeks for me to regain my physical strength, ”he said in this surprise five-minute speech on his Twitter account relayed by television.
His last public appearance was on October 15, when he met French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Disowned at the polls
The Algerian presidency first affirmed that the head of state, a heavy smoker, had been admitted to a specialized care unit at the central army hospital in Algiers, but that his state of health was not inspiring ” no worries ”.
The president fell ill after being disowned at the polls on November 1. The Algerians were called upon to ratify a constitutional revision supposed to found a “new Republic” and put an end to the “Hirak”, this popular uprising. Three quarters of Algerians did not vote.
The absence of Abdelmadjid Tebboune also awakened the specter of the power vacuum during the hospitalizations abroad of Abdelaziz Bouteflika after his serious stroke in 2013.
“A loss of credibility”
One year after the presidential election, it is clear that Hirak militants are still the target of legal proceedings, when they are not imprisoned.
On the market-economic level, Algeria is seeing its foreign exchange reserves melt, liquidity drying up and an oil market still depressed by the health crisis. According to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund, Algeria is expected to experience a 5.2% recession in 2020 as well as a budget deficit among the highest in the region.
For economists, the country has exhausted all possibilities offered for deficit financing, including printing money, and recourse to external financing will be “inevitable” in the coming months, despite the authorities’ assertions to the contrary.
“The presidency of Mr. Tebboune has lost all credibility. It is becoming a handicap for the country, ”says journalist and writer Abed Charef.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr