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With the blessing of the military, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has just won a fourth term. But among the Algerian public, speculation continues about the nature of the president's relationship with the military, in particular its intelligence branch, the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS). The recent and unusual public criticism against DRS officials from Bouteflika's party is an example of why some believe that throughout his tenure Bouteflika has managed to keep the military and DRS in check. The dismissal is misleading, however, as Djebbar was repositioned to head a sub-department of the DRS called the Bureau d'Organisation.Gen. Athman "Bashir" Tartag and Gen. Rachid "Attafi" Lallali, who were respectively the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the Directorate of Documentation and External Security, were replaced by Gen. Abdelhamid Bendaoud and Gen. Mohammad Bouzit.Guenaizia himself was replaced by the chief of staff of the army, Gen. Ahmad Gaid Salah, who now also oversees the DCSA under Tireche.The DRS is primarily a unit of the chief of staff of the army, therefore, its directorates have only been transferred and are not undergoing a significant structural change.All this has little impact on the influence and strength of the army and the DRS.
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