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Algeria says to free 2,000 in amnesty

Algeria will release more than 2,000 Islamist ex-fighters soon under an amnesty to promote reconciliation after years of conflict in the oil-exporting country, an official said on Wednesday. The releases, the most numerous since civil strife erupted in 1992, will be a high-profile test of the government’s push to stabilize a giant north African nation widely seen as crucial for the security of the Mediterranean region. “There will be more than 2,000 people released under the charter for peace and national reconciliation,” AbdelKader Sahraoui, an official of the Justice Ministry, said in an interview on state radio. Full Story

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