Sur ce billet de l'ambassade américaine en Algérie on peut retenir que Abdelkader Bensalah est la personne prévue pour remplacer Bouteflika en cas ou ce dernier ne peut pas terminer son mandat. L'état de santé de Bouteflika est mauvais et que la TV boutef se force a montrer des images positives pour améliorer sa santé dan la tête du peuple. On peut également voir que les sénateurs sont désignés de la génération du president et ses amis bloquant tout rajeunissement, donc un changement de politique.... Abdelkader Bensalah was re-elected, 129-0, as the President of the Conseil de la Nation (Senate) on January 12. Bensalah remains first in line to succeed President Bouteflika in the event that he is unable to complete his current term. Bensalah's re-election became a foregone conclusion when no other senator challenged him for the post. A reporter for French-language daily newspaper Liberte, Nadia Mellal, who covered all aspects of the election, told us the result was predetermined once President Bouteflika signaled to the senators that he wanted Bensalah to retain his position. Mellal said senators privately complained that, out of respect to Bouteflika, no other candidates had presented themselves. Many told her the election became a formality rather than an exercise in democracy, which was a shame in their view. BOUTEFLIKA APPOINTS SENATORS OF HIS GENERATION --------------------------------------------- - ¶2. (C) On the day of the election, eight new senators joined the Conseil de la Nation as part of the third of the membership appointed directly by President Bouteflika (ref A). All have one characteristic in common: they are "moudjahidine," or veterans (like Bouteflika) of the war of independence against France. According to Mellal, these newly appointed senators, as members of the "revolutionary family" and in a sense "siblings of President Bouteflika," will be very loyal to him. Some senators quietly expressed to her their frustration that the president did not reach out to members of the younger generation who will need to lead the country after Bouteflika and his generation pass from the scene.