Algerian Leader Pardons More than 6,000 Prisoners in Conciliatory Gesture

2/11/2020

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday pardoned more than 6,000 prisoners. Tebboune, elected in December in a vote rejected by a mass protest movement seeking the total replacement of the ruling elite, is trying to quell nearly a year of political unrest.

The mass pardons this week follow an offer of dialogue with the protesters, the release of detainees arrested at demonstrations, the formation of a committee to amend the constitution, and meetings with opposition figures.

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