Algeria’s energy blind spot over shale gas

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The North African country’s new president has put shale gas back on the agenda, an unpopular, short-sighted move that has added to the complaints of a restive population whose protests brought about dramatic regime change last year. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

 

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It has been the same story every week for just over a year in Algeria: after Friday prayers huge crowds take to the streets to vent their anger. They want the “system” established during the long reign of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to end, the gang that has looted the country to go, and to usher in a new free and democratic republic. Such demonstrations take place not only in the capital, Algiers, but also in many towns across the country.