25 Feb '11, 11am

Algeria lifts 19-year-old state of emergency via @cmswire

Algeria lifts 19-year-old state of emergency via @cmswire

Youth chase a police officer, left, during clashes in the El Harrache district of Algiers. -- PHOTO: AP ALGIERS - ALGERIA on Thursday lifted a 19-year-old state of emergency in a concession to the opposition designed to keep out a wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Ending the emergency powers was one of the demands voiced by opposition groups which have been staging weekly protests in the Algerian capital that sought to emulate uprisings in Egypt and neighbouring Tunisia. However, one of the organisers of the protests told Reuters this week that lifting the state of emergency was not enough, and that the government must allow more democratic freedoms. An order signed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika lifting the state of emergency came into force on Thursday after it was published in the government's official gazette. Algeria is a major energy exporter which pumps ...

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