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Algeria Against Lifting Emergency Law

Algeria defended its 12-year-old state of emergency Sunday, insisting in the face of international pressure that it should not be lifted so long as the country is fighting Islamic rebels. “The state of emergency has not reduced individual or political liberties. Its principal role is to coordinate the different forces involved in fighting terrorism,” the government daily El Moudjahid quoted Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni as saying. Algeria has rejected mounting calls from opposition parties, the U.S. administration and human rights groups to scrap the law which they say restricts political activities in the run-up to presidential elections on April 8. Full Story

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