After more than a decade when Sonatrach senior management was cowed by allegations of severe corruption and fled from confrontation with commercial realities, the giant corporation is now rapidly implementing a new vision. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in the 20th year of his presidency, has not yet announced formally whether he will contest the election scheduled to take place in April. Following a severe stroke in 2013, the 81-year-old has been seen in public only a handful of times since his re-election in 2014, always either seated or in a wheelchair.