The winds of the Arab Spring blow towards Algeria

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This year, Algeria, the largest of the Maghrebi countries of north-west Africa, will mark 50 years of independence from its former ruler France. But the celebrations are set to be heavily subdued by the population’s widespread frustration over social inequalities, unemployment, and the decrepitude of public institutions and infrastructures, the very same issues that prompted the Arab Spring uprisings among its neighbours to the east.