NARCO CLOSEHOLD: What’s the Deal with Chakib Khelil?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chakib Khelil, the storied former Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, is back. After his 2010 fall from grace amidst devastating corruption scandals and his subsequent self-imposed exile, Khelil is now making the rounds throughout Algeria. And very, very publically. But to what end?

Is Khelil back to make a run for the post-Bouteflika presidency? Is he gunning to regain the mantle of the Algerian energy sector? Is he looking to get rich(er) advising foreign firms interested in investing in Algeria? Or has he simply come back to restore his reputation and make amends in his beloved country? Or is it all a ruse, orchestrated by that famous Algerian nébuleuse, precisely to distract you from whatever else the nébuleuse has up its sleeve?

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