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Legal news from Sunday, April 17, 2011
by Drew Singer

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday announced in a televised speech that he will lift emergency laws that have been in place for 48 years. For the past four weeks, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets each Friday, demanding, in part, that the emergency laws be revoked. …

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by Drew Singer

An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered that the political party of former president Hosni Mubarak be dissolved. It would be illogical for Mubarak's National Democratic Party, which took control in 1978, to remain an entity, the country's High Administrative Court said. The court also liquidated the party's assets. Analysts call the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Friday declared an initiative for sweeping constitutional and political reforms in order to increase the role of democracy in the African nation. The announcement, which came in a nationally televised address, was seen as a progressive step for the country in the wake of political protests in the Middle …

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