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Algerian protests threaten energy reforms

Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier Mass protests in Algeria against a fifth term by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika mean there is an increasing risk of political and social instability in Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.
By Fatima Sadouki 7 March 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production 0 34011
Sonatrach gas tanks. (Sonatrach)

The key issue: Unexpected protests in Algeria threaten the political and social stability of Europe’s third-largest gas supplier.

Interfax analysis: The recent mass protests against attempts by Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in office have remained largely peaceful. However, they could threaten recent efforts by the government to maintain the interest of investors and reform the country’s energy industry through a new hydrocarbon law.

Many believe Bouteflika is unfit for the job – he suffered a stroke in 2013 and has...