Kabylie is not happy
But was it ever? Here’s two pre-election interviews with the leaders of Algeria’s two main Kabyle parties, the liberal/secularist RCD and the social-democratic FFS, Algeria’s oldest opposition party. As someone pointed out to me, they don’t like being described as Berber parties, but as I pointed back, they mostly are.
Said Saadi (RCD) in Le Monde: [in French]
One cannot save Algeria and the regime at the same time. Today, it would be irresponsible to become involved in these twisted political games, which are the root of the disaster ( . . . ) Boycotting is a duty, and even a patriotic necessity. Bouteflika, he’s the Mugabe of Northern Africa.
By boycotting the elections, we delivered an important message to the Algerian people: we are boycotting this corrupt regime and refusing to take part in its political game.
Such negative vibes. But what are they whining about? The Economist explains.