Legal news from Sunday, April 17, 2011

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday announced in a televised speech that he will lift emergency laws [UPI report] that have been in place for 48 years. For the past four weeks, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets each … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered that the political party of former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] be dissolved. It would be illogical [Reuters report] for Mubarak's National Democratic Party, which took control in 1978, to remain an entity, the country's High Administrative Court said. … [read more]

[JURIST] Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] 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 [video], was seen as a progressive step for the … [read more]

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