15 Feb '11, 8pm

[TR] Arab Revolution: Will Algeria’s regime be the next to fall?

[TR] Arab Revolution: Will Algeria’s regime be the next to fall?

First Tunisia, then Egypt. Now it could be Algeria’s turn to free itself from autocratic rule. Fearing a full-blown uprising like those that have collapsed both the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes in one month, government officials in the huge North African country scrambled on Monday, Feb. 14, to short-circuit an accelerating movement of street protests, a display of antigovernment sentiment that would have been unthinkable until recently. Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told France’s Europe 1 radio station Monday morning that his country’s 19-year state-of-emergency laws would be revoked within days, ending tight censorship and lifting a ban on political demonstrations. “In the coming days,” Medelci said, the emergency regulations would be “a thing of the past,” giving way to “complete freedom of expression within the limits of the law.” He then added, “Algeria is...

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