After Emmanuel Macron announced the end of the anti-jihadist operation “Balkans”, Algiers can play a new role in the Sahel.
It is necessary to consider the return of Algeria in regional affairs after years of obliteration. The Algerian authorities did not miss the opportunity to repeat this message. The most recent was a sensational statement issued to Al Jazeera by President Abdulmajid Tebun. “Algeria is ready to intervene in Libya in some way”, The Algerian head of state revealed to the Qatar channel on Tuesday, June 8. Mr. Tebboune was referring to the warning he himself issued during the fiercest period of the “Battle of Tripoli” (April 2019 to June 2020) in January 2020, when the Libyan capital was attacked by the Marshal’s Khalifa Khalifa. Surrounded by Khalifa Haftar. He mentioned at the time that the “red line” could not be crossed.
Eighteen months later, he assured Al Jazeera that the warning was more than just verbal. “We do not accept that the Maghreb and the capitals of African countries are occupied by mercenaries, He clarified. We cannot stand idly by. The message has reached the affected recipient. “ Mr. Tebboune did not specify the identity of the “mercenary” mentioned. They are actually Russian fighters of Wagner Security, serving the Haftar forces. The anti-Tripoli offensive was finally repelled, thanks to Turkey’s decisive military support for the then authorities, Faiz Saraj’s National Reconciliation Government.
Mr. Tebboune’s own reminder of this incident is not trivial. It reflects Algiers’ desire to give back to its voice in regional concerts, and the end of the term of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1999-2019) has made Algeria’s presence in the region Eclipsed its influence. “Algeria hopes to regain its diplomatic power, especially in the Sahel region”, The official daily newspaper on June 10 JihadistIf Algiers misses the magnificent diplomacy of the 1970s, when the Algerian capital radiated its belligerent Third Cosmopolitanism, then its doctrine of external operations must adapt to the evolution of the strategic environment.
The constitutional amendment passed by the referendum on January 1 proved this point.Yes November 2020.Algeria’s Basic Law is clearly mentioned for the first time since independence in 1962 “Send Troops to the National People’s Army”, Contrary to the country’s tradition of non-interventionism that has so far made itself a pioneer. It is true that this forecast of foreign military theaters is formulated in the revised constitution. It is decided by the head of state after two-thirds approval of each parliament (Article 91).In addition, participation in peacekeeping missions becomes possible “Within the framework of respecting the principles and objectives of the United Nations, the African Union and the Arab League” (Article 31). The inflection point is also real.
You still have 50.59% of the articles to read. The rest is for subscribers only.