Between irony and sarcasm, a predicted failure

Between irony and sarcasm, a predicted failure
Between irony and sarcasm, a predicted failure

In the Muppets political show made in Algeria, Atmane Mazouz, president of the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), does not mince his words to describe a climate of crisis that even the greatest playwrights could not have written better. He criticizes a system in which the crisis is not a bug, but rather a feature.

As early presidential elections scheduled for September approach, he portrays an electoral rush not as a sign of democratic dynamism, but as the mark of a decaying system, desperately clinging to its authoritarian relics. Indeed, the anticipation of presidential elections is, according to him, only the symptom of a crisis of governance, thus revealing the depths of a system desperately clinging to its old demons.

The outgoing Algerian head of state, with an unpronounceable name, is, according to Mazouz, only a figure in a picture of incoherent and oppressive governance, where freedom seems to be the price to pay for a semblance of stability. The number of citizens who have crossed the law for daring to express an opinion is clear proof of this. “ From memory, I have not seen such problematic governance, » confides Mazouz in an almost theatrical sigh.

On the ground, these elections should be a moment of democratic celebration, but for the RCD president, they are anything but. Preparing for elections in this climate is like selling tickets to a comedy whose tragic ending everyone already knows: fraud.

Algeria, described by its own citizens as a giant with feet of clay, is a country where electoral fraud seems to have become a mastered governmental art, a bit like those old family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. , but which no longer really appeal.

Asked precisely about the expectations of Algerians, Atmane Mazouz paints the portrait of a people aspiring to freedom and justice, tired of broken promises and missed opportunities. Algerian youth, rather than finding salvation in the arms of their country, choose exile, braving seas often more welcoming than their own government. It is not the El Dorado they are fleeing, but a labyrinth of nepotism and corruption.

As for the possibility of a single opposition candidate, Mazouz remains skeptical. Unifying opposition is an attractive idea, but in a theater in which each actor plays for their own survival, rivalries are frequently more attractive than alliances. The RCD attempted, without much success, to create a collective dynamic for real change. This, he said, would require not only commitment, but also a real political miracle.

The Algerian crisis, with its multiple dimensions, therefore seems to require a real constituent process to restore the lost trust between the people and their institutions. “ This is what I developed,” specifies Mazouz, emphasizing the urgency of a sincere political dialogue, far from the usual maneuvers and manipulations. In short, the picture that Mazouz paints of Algeria is that of a political giant not only asleep, but also in chains.

For Atmane Mazouz, the president of the Rally for Culture and Democracy, the favorite puppet of the puppet capos of the Algiers Regime certainly occupies the position of head of state, but he should not be considered president of the Republic. The distinction here rests on the question of legitimacy: designated rather than elected. The unfortunate man does not benefit, according to Mazouz, from the democratic legitimacy normally required for a President of the Republic.

Although the senile balcony side of the Muppets show made in Algeria holds the reins of power, he still lacks the fundamental legitimacy granted by a real popular mandate, making him more of an occupant of the presidential palace than a real democratically elected leader.

The low voter turnout during his election (less than 7% according to official figures) attests to an enthronement rather than an election, thus underlining his role as de facto president, but not as president of the Republic in the sense that the hear the democracies.

Algeria, endowed with abundant natural resources, significant human potential and a competent and dedicated diaspora, has everything to succeed. Rebuilding the country requires, however, real political will and a commitment to transparency.

The portrait of Algeria that Mazouz paints is that of a giant, not only asleep, but shackled. And in this tragic setting, similar to an ancient play, the Algerian people play the role of modern Prometheus, still awaiting the arrival of the one who will finally free his chains.

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