Algeria replaces army intel chief

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has replaced the long-standing head of the country’s military intelligence agency, in his latest move to curb the spy chief’s influence in politics, two security sources and media said on Sunday.
Mohamed Mediene, chief of the DRS intelligence service, had long played the role of political kingmaker, analysts said, by seeking to influence leadership choices in Algeria’s behind-the-scenes power struggles.
Bouteflika began easing the military and its DRS intelligence wing out of the political sphere before his re-election last April, in what observers said was preparation for his eventual departure after more than 15 years in power.

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