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Algeria election praised as step to reform

05-14-2012 13:29 BJT

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European Union observers on Saturday endorsed Algeria's parliamentary election as a step towards reform after the vote handed victory to the ruling party, bucking the trend of the "Arab Spring" revolts.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also praised Thursday's election, saying the government had given its people "the opportunity to express their will".

It was the first time Algeria had invited EU observers to monitor a vote, a move seen by diplomats as a sign it was committed to a more transparent election.

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