Algeria marked the 20th anniversary of its independence on July 5.
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5. SV Government leaders with President Chadli unveiling plaque. (3 SHOTS) 1.00
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7. GV Unveiled plaque. 1.13
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Background: ALGIERS, ALGERIA
Algeria marked the 20th anniversary of its independence on July 5. The occasion was marked by the inauguration of a "martyr's monument", in memory of the war of independence against France which ended in 1962. The monument cost about 87 million dollars to build. The ceremony was led by Algerian leader, President Chadli Benjedid, who announced the granting of some prisoners' remission and the awarding of promotions and decorations to military personnel. There was little pomp in the anniversary celebrations, and the occasion was toned down by the government because of the war in Lebanon. Over the last three years, President Chadli has adopted pragmatic and liberal policies after the tough rule of President Boumedienne. Nowadays, domestic issues take precedence over foreign affairs, and there is a strong emphasis on agricultural development and exploitation of gas reserves. It is hoped gas will replace Algeria's oil supplies which are due to run out at the end of this century.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMMED MENDIL