On Friday, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika fired 2 generals. A large percentage of the country’s economy relies on oil, and while as of writing the president hasn’t given a public explanation as to why the generals were fired, there is speculation that this could have something to do with the 2019 presidential elections. It’s entirely possible the generals messed up in a less political way, or the president may just have not liked them and wanted to let them know before he potentially steps down to let a new leader take over. The president of Algeria had a stroke in 2013, and he hasn’t been out in public relatively much after that. As of writing, the president of Algeria isn’t sure if he will run or not. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. New generals have been appointed in the place of the old ones.
As of 2017, Algeria had an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent. The economy grew by 1.7% in 2017 too. Given its economic situation, the possible first new president since 1999, generals being fired, and a high corruption level, Algeria could be a place to look out for this year and next year for possible trouble. Or the country could have a great leader now, and have a great one next, and diversify its economy and do other good policies. Time will tell. What do you think?