Friday, March 27, 2009

Reconciliation in Algeria

As the Algerian elections draw near, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped up criticism of religious extremists and those who were once involved in acts of violence, calling on them to "ask the people for forgiveness" before they can join the political process.

Bouteflika sent the message during speeches and discussions while on tour for his electoral campaign. It has sparked controversy and left many to speculate on the future of Algeria and its reconciliation policy.

"Those who have attacked the people, tarnished Algeria's image abroad, committed crimes and massacres against women and children, must acknowledge their actions and ask the people for forgiveness," Bouteflika told hundreds of voters in the city of Tiaret on March 19th.

"The doors of national reconciliation remain open," Bouteflika added.

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