24 Feb '11, 7pm

Algeria officially ends 19-year-old state of emergency, according to a decree in official gazette - AFP

ALGIERS : Algeria on Thursday lifted its state of emergency, 19 years after it was imposed, according to a decree published in the official gazette. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has "ordered the cancellation of the extension of the emergency measure put in place by presidential decree on February 9, 1992," said a statement published on the state newspaper. His cabinet on Tuesday said the move was imminent after it adopted a draft order repealing the emergency measures, which the government adopted when Islamists waged a protracted guerrilla war following the cancellation of local election results in 1991. Those results would have given a majority to the now-dissolved Islamic Salvation Front. Bouteflika pledged three weeks ago to lift the state of emergency as demanded by the opposition following unprecedented protests last month that left five people dead and more than 8...

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