In addition to the previously mentioned reactions offered by the selection of Algerian newspapers from last week, there is one from the 5 November issue of Le Matin (which I neglected to include in the previous round up), which I think is particularly relevant. It contrasts progress in the United States with progress in Algeria, noting that African Americans have seen the expansion of their social and political rights over the past half century or so, culminating in the election of Barack Obama, while Algerians — independent for a similar period of time — are seeing “new generations remain excluded” from the political process.
History will record that Barack Obama, 47, became the first African American elected president of the United States the [same] week that in Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 72, violated the Constitution to stay in power.
Obama was born on 4 August 1961, when Bouteflika the master negotiator had already helped in the overthrow of the GPRA and scheduled the fateful coup.
Obama is the youngest president of the new generation. In a country where black people really enjoyed their civil rights for barely half a century, the Democratic candidate made a special way and embodies the face of a rejuvenated America and at peace with itself, the incarnation of the dream of civil rights activist Martin Luther King.
Bouteflika is the old president who the the new generation flees on boats of uncertainty. Bouteflika embodies despair.
Barack Obama emerged from Anonymity one evening in July 2004, when Bouteflika began his second term.
Barack Obama became president one evening in November 2008, when Bouteflika assured his third term.
History will record that this was the evening of our powerlessness.