Algeria's state of emergency is officially lifted

ALGIERS — Algeria has officially lifted a state of emergency in place for the past 19 years.
The official APS news agency says the ordinance doing away with the restrictive measure was published Thursday in the Official Journal, a move that did away with it.
The Cabinet decided in a meeting Tuesday to take the step with the approval of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika but needed to replace the law on the books with a new one. Publication of the change in the Official Journal was the final step to lift the state of emergency, put in place as Algeria embarked on an era of violence that ballooned into a deadly Islamist insurgency.
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