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Algerian Government Lifts the 19-Year-Old
State of Emergency, Under Pressure from Opposition Protesters
Two-decade 'state of emergency' to be lifted by month's
end, premier says
News Wires (text)
France 24, AFP -
Algeria will lift a state of emergency put in place 19 years ago
by the end of February, Prime Minister
Ahmed Ouyahia (centre) said Wednesday. The 1992 state of emergency was
declared amid violence between Islamist factions and the government.
Algeria said Wednesday it will lift by the end of February the state
of emergency slapped on the country 19 years ago at the start of a
decade-long bloody conflict with Islamist militants.
"The lifting of the state of emergency will take place before the
end of the current month along with the announcement of several measures
regarding housing, jobs and administration management," the state news
agency APS quoted Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia as saying.
The state of emergency was declared in 1992 amid the violence
pitting radical Islamists against the military-backed government which
claimed at least 150,000 lives over a decade.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika had announced earlier this month he would lift the
state of emergency "in the very near future," among a series of new
measures long demanded by the opposition. But he did not give a precise
Ouyahia's announcement comes ahead of a second protest march set
for Saturday in Algiers by the National Coordination for Change and
Democracy (CNCD), a coalition of opposition parties, rights groups and
Emboldened by popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, roughly 2,000
protesters poured into the streets of the capital last weekend in
another call by the CNDC, defying a ban on public demonstrations and the
state of emergency. Roughly 30,000 riot police were dispatched to stop
The United States, Germany and France have all urged Algerian
authorities to allow its citizens to demonstrate freely and exercise
restraint toward the protesters.
The state "could not be unaware of the events taking place in Arab
and Islamic countries," Ouyahia said in his remarks to Bouteflika
It was "critical to offer adequate solutions to the problems of
Algerian youth," he said.
The CNCD wants the immediate end of Bouteflika's regime, citing the
same problems of high unemployment, housing and soaring costs that
inspired the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
The grievances triggered riots in early January that left five dead
and more than 800 injured.
A protest called by the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy
(RCD) in Algiers on January 22 also left many injured as police blocked
a march on parliament.
Like their counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt, the protesters have
used Facebook and text messages to spread their call for change.
Bouteflika, in power since 1999, has acted to curb price rises and
promised political concessions.
They include calling on state-owned broadcasting companies to offer
coverage of officially authorised political parties and organisations --
a key demand of the opposition.
But the opposition says these steps are not enough.
The 74-year-old Bouteflika was reelected in 2004 and again in 2009
after revising the constitution to allow for an indefinite number of
Hundreds gather in Paris to call for a 'free and democratic Algeria'
Defying a ban, protesters demonstrate in heavily policed Algiers
Algeria to lift 19-year-long state of emergency
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