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Is an Arab Spring in the air for Algeria?

Riot police confront protesters during clashes in Oued Koriche, Algiers in this March 23, 2011 file photo.   REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Riot police confront protesters during clashes in Oued Koriche, Algiers in this March 23, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Riot police confront protesters during clashes in Oued Koriche, Algiers in this March 23, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah (from L-R) , head of Front for Justice and Development party (FJD), Bouguerra Soltani, minister of state and head of the Society Movement for Peace (MSP), and Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) leader Abdelaziz Belkhadem, attend the first Front for Justice and Development party congress in Algiers, in this February 10, 2012 file photo. 

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Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah (from L-R) , head of Front for Justice and Development party (FJD), Bouguerra Soltani, minister of state and head of the Society Movement for Peace (MSP), and Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) leader Abdelaziz...more

Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah (from L-R) , head of Front for Justice and Development party (FJD), Bouguerra Soltani, minister of state and head of the Society Movement for Peace (MSP), and Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) leader Abdelaziz Belkhadem, attend the first Front for Justice and Development party congress in Algiers, in this February 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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A woman exits a polling booth after casting her vote at a polling station in Algiers in this April 9, 2009 file photo.   REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman exits a polling booth after casting her vote at a polling station in Algiers in this April 9, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman exits a polling booth after casting her vote at a polling station in Algiers in this April 9, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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