03 Feb '11, 9pm

#Algeria to lift state of emergency

ALGIERS - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Thursday that the country's 19-year state of emergency would be lifted "in the very near future". The state of emergency was installed solely in response "to the fight against terrorism" Bouteflika said in remarks cited by APS news agency, denying it had "interfered" with the country's political process. Made during a cabinet meeting, the president's announcement came amid mounting calls by members of civil society and opposition parties to lift the state of emergency in Algeria, which endured a brutal 1990s conflict with Islamist insurgents that killed tens of thousands of people. Bouteflika said he would task the government "to tackle without delay the drafting of appropriate texts" to continue the fight against terrorism. He also said protests like those that have taken place in recent weeks were allowed apart fr...

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