ALGIERS, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Algeria promised to end a
19-year-old state of emergency and provide more political
freedoms on Thursday, concessions designed to keep out a wave of
uprisings sweeping the Arab world.
The announcement by the energy exporting nation followed
pressure from government opponents, some inspired by unrest in
Egypt and Tunisia, who demanded the emergency powers be scrapped
and are planning a protest in the capital on Feb. 12.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Thursday promised more political freedoms, saying a 19-year-old state of emergency would be lifted soon and the opposition would have access to television and radio.
The announcement follows mounting pressure from some government opponents who, inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, had been planning a protest march in the capital for next week.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – 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 on Thursday.
The announcement followed pressure from government opponents, some of them inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, who demanded the emergency powers be scrapped and are planning a protest in the capital on February 12.
ALGIERS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Algeria expects oil production
to remain steady in 2011, while liquefied natural gas (LNG)
supply contracts will be met despite reduced capacity, the head
of state-owned energy giant Sonatrach said on Tuesday.
“We will stick to oil production which will be practically
the same as in 2009 and 2010,” Sonatrach chief executive
Nourredine Cherouati told a news conference.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia observes three days of national mourning from Friday for the dozens of people killed during protests before and after the ouster of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, state television said.
In a statement released after a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the government said schools and universities, closed since last week, would reopen on Monday.
TUNIS (Reuters) – The Tunisian state will recover all shares, real estate and other assets belonging to the family of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a government minister told Reuters on Thursday.
Industry and Technology Minister Mohamed Afif Chelbi also said Tunisia’s long-standing policy of being open to investment would not change, and that the local operations of foreign firms were now getting back to normal.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian police fired shots into the air on Thursday to try to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that ministers associated with the rule of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali leave the government.
The protesters, who had gathered outside the central Tunis headquarters of the RCD, Tunisia’s ruling party for several decades, refused to move back when the police fired shots from behind a metal fence.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Street protesters in Tunisia kept up pressure for a government free of ties with the old guard while a prominent dissident said he would run for president to sweep the former leadership from power.
The country’s interim leaders said they had freed the last of its political prisoners and promised a “complete break with the past” on Wednesday to appease the protesters who forced the strongman of 23 years, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee to Saudi Arabia last week with some of his wealthy entourage.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s interim leaders said they freed the last of its political prisoners and promised a “complete break with the past” on Wednesday to appease street protesters who want a total purge of the old guard.
Five days after veteran strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia with some of his wealthy entourage, former political allies including the prime minister were still trying to coax opposition figures into a national unity government which can restore order and oversee promised free elections.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the Tunisian capital Wednesday to demand the dismissal from the new coalition government of ministers associated with ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
The national unity cabinet was due to hold its first meeting Thursday, with its caretaker prime minister under pressure from opposition leaders and protesters who say there is no place in government for allies of the former leader.