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Police strikes have erupted in Algeria over tough working conditions, and demonstrators are demanding the removal of corrupt security officials.However, short of significant reforms, the government remains vulnerable to further unrest if it continues to ignore police demands.Although the Bouteflika government responded to the immediate economic and professional demands of the police force, it ignored the fundamental and more political requests.The ongoing issue with the police is symptomatic of Algeria's interminable power struggle between the presidency, the army and the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS). In the event that Bouteflika – or Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, who has taken over most duties from the ailing president – does want to negotiate with protesters and reach an agreement on the establishment of a police union and the removal of corrupt officials, the DRS would likely fight back against such measures.The DRS pressured Bouteflika's camp, threatening to leak files proving bribery and corruption among the president's allies, and the Bouteflika wing responded with their own threats about exposing files incriminating the DRS.
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