1. R.I.P.

    Former Algerian President Dies

    Algeria's former President Chadli Bendjedid (L) shakes hand with Secretary General of the National Liberation Front (FLN) Abdelaziz Belkhademduring at the 9th ordinary session of the (FLN) Party Congress, on March 19, 2010 in Algiers. In presence of over 3500 delegates, Belkhadem called on the French State to apologize to Algeria for the crimes committed against the Algerian people during the colonial period.     
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    Former Algerian President Chadli Ben Jadid died on Saturday. He served as president from 1979 to ’92, during which he passed increasingly liberal policies, reducing the government’s role in the economy and easing government surveillance of citizens. The policies eventually led to massive rioting in 1988 and an Islamic Salvation Front victory in the 1991 elections.

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