Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Feb. 3 he will lift the nation’s two-decade long state of emergency in the “very close future,” according to a report by the Algerian Press Service.

    The move aims to thwart possible political revolts, which have gripped Tunisia and Egypt, experts say.

    Bouteflika’s announcement follows demonstrations calling for the lifting of the state of emergency, as well as the release of detainees and restoration of individual and collective freedoms, CNN reports.

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