Algeria to lift emergency rule soon :official media


Algeria’s state of emergency, in force for the past 19 years, will be lifted in the very near future, official media quoted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as saying.

Bouteflika also said, at a meeting with ministers, that the government should adopt new measures to promote job creation and that Algerian television and radio, which are controlled by the state, should give airtime to all political parties, the official APS news agency reported.

Reuters reports that Bouteflika said protest marches, banned under the state of emergency, would be permitted everywhere except in the capital.

Political parties must respect the law to ensure freedom does not degenerate into anarchy, APS quoted him as saying.