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Oliver Fisk, Staff Writer

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Since Algeria managed to emancipate itself from the binds of a bloody civil war during the 1990s, the country has been headed by Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Bouteflika recently announced his intention to seek a 5th term of the North-African nation’s Presidency, much to the humiliated fury of his citizens. Perhaps Algerians would have been more inclined to support the long-serving head of state, had Bouteflika the ability to walk or talk.

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013, and for the six years thereafter, the nation burdened with a youth unemployment rate of 30% and a GDP per capita comparable to that of El Salvador did not see or hear from its President.

Bouteflika’s written announcement of another election campaign proved to be one bridge too far for the Algerian people and prompted a five-day general strike as well as near a million-strong protest across the major cities of Algeria.

Bouteflika eventually resigned on the second of April, but left the keys to the Presidential office firmly ensconced within the pockets of his loyal supporters. It remains to be seen whether Algeria will have the ability to democratically determine its future path or whether the Algerian citizenry’s freedom will remained fettered by the despotic dictates of its current ruling establishment that is so unconcerned with public opinion.

        The Algerian people’s plight and struggle against draconianism, sometimes when dictators are near death or otherwise incapacitated, there can be a marked increase to the fortunes of everyday subjects.

Take for example, the curious case of Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria. A man of 76 tender years, Buhari’s ailing health frequently requires a period of recovery in which he must entrust all Presidential duties to his second-in-command. During such times, productivity within the country spikes and the economy prospers. Buhari’s return is punctuated with the concurrent return of primitive policy making, like the much-ridiculed (and deservedly so) ban upon any importation of toothpicks.

        When the tyrannical Generalissimo Franco fell ill to Parkinson’s disease and arteriosclerosis, he was unable to continue ruling by iron-fisted decree. Spaniards all throughout the country were liberated. The press received more autonomy to publish, whilst workers unions accrued heightened political clout and garnered better pay.

During the latter years of the 20th century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo found itself ruled by personal order of military dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. When Sese Seko developed prostate cancer, he secluded himself in a jungle palace to recover. Sese Seko likely could have maintained tight control over the country had the jungle palace not been situated over 1,000 miles away from the capital, Kinshasa. However, when armed rebels decided to march on the capital to overthrow the languishing government to establish new democratic rule, his secluded position proved consequential. Sese Seko’s military was simply too far removed from the commander-in-chief, and without even a semblance of their orders, all the generals surrendered.

With all these occurrences in mind then, I have drawn an unfortunate conclusion. If Trump wins another election, we will have to, as Americans, endure another four years of ineptitude in the oval office, and stray for four years more away from the good will, equanimity, and savoir faire exhibited formerly by Presidents. There is no hope of any sort of expeditious resolution, because our President, Donald “Cage the Elev(phe)n Year Old Child” Trump, is ‘healthiest President ever’, with ‘extraordinary physical strength and stamina’. Oh well, I guess if Trump won’t succumb to illness, we’ll have to beat him with votes, instead.

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