Algeria's president promises political reform

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:56 AM

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria is on the path to political reforms and last month's lifting of a state of emergency is the first step, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was quoted as saying by state media on Saturday.

The lifting of the state of emergency "will be a new page opened on the path to comprehensive reforms ... which cannot be fruitful in the absence of political reforms," the APS news agency quoted Bouteflika as saying.

(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)