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Are Algeria’s Islamists Ready To Make A Political Comeback?

Officially dissolved in 1992, the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) continues to exert influence in Algeria, where it recently helped negotiate the release of 7,000 prisoners from the country’s bloody civil war. It may be the boost the Islamic group needs to

Are Algeria’s Islamists Ready To Make A Political Comeback?
Isabel Mandraud

ALGIERS Situated in the Bouzareah suburb of northern Algiers, Hachemi Sahnouni's modest dwelling overlooks Bab El-Oued, a working class neighborhood disfigured by excavators. Our host receives us in the library, a room filled with stacks of books. It was here, more than 20 years ago, Sahnouni says, that he, Ali Belhadj and Abassi Madani created the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS).

Sahnouni, 53 and legally blind, is proud to speak about the future release of the last 7,000 "brothers," or Islamic prisoners. The result of many months of negotiations with the government, the prisoner release also heralds the resurgence of a neo-FIS. "We have received a positive reply from a very, very high level," says Sahnouni. "National reconciliation is now evolving towards a general amnesty, which will allow us to turn the page on Algeria's tragedy."

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Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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