Furor Over Monastery Visits Exposes Algeria’s Succession Anxiety

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With a white shawl draped across his shoulders, former oil minister Chakib Khelil wandered through one of Algeria’s Sufi monasteries smiling and quietly chatting with clerics. Yet when photos of last month’s low-key visit emerged, they created a stir.

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