Everything depends on what will happen in Algeria and Sudan
by Gilbert Achcar
An Interview with Gilbert Achcar, originally published on April 22, 2019 in the Moroccan publication Tel quell.
In Algeria and Sudan, the army has become an arbiter in the ongoing revolutions. For what reasons?
These are military institutions which everyone knows are the real backbone of the regime in countries like Algeria, Sudan or Egypt. Seeing the extent of popular discontent, they decided to act in a conservative coup, sacrificing the head of the regime to preserve the rest. We saw this with Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and we are witnessing the same thing with Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Omar al-Bashir. In all three countries, the army is at the heart of the regime. They get rid of a president who has become more an embarrassment than a benefit in order to preserve the regime.