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Algeria’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
led his country’s Golden Jubilee celebra-
tions with a tribute to all those who died
fighting for independence and against over
130
years of French rule.
World leaders, including United States
President, Barack Obama, sent messages
of congratulation, praising the country for
the progress it has made over the last half
decade.
President Bouteflika, accompanied by
senior officials, laidawreathat amonument
commemorating thecountry’sfreedomfight-
ers—themoujahideen—who lost their lives
during the 1954–62 liberation war, which
led to independence on July 5, 1962.
Fifty years on, and the red and green col-
ours of the national flag could be seen eve-
rywhere in the OPEC Member Country’s 48
provinces, where people rejoiced at street
parties and took part in processions.
A special gala event was held in the port
town of Sidi Fredj, where French forces first
landed to occupy the country on June 14,
1830.
This was also attended by President
Bouteflika.
And, at the ‘Stadiumof July5’ in the cap-
ital Algiers, some 9,000 children with 400
coaches fromall the country’s provinces put
on a special show of song and folk dance.
Organized by the Algerian Ministry of
Youth and Sports, the 120-minute spec-
tacle was divided into 12 segments that
highlighted milestones of the Algerian
Revolution, from the country’s beginnings
to independence.
Then, in upper Algiers, the ‘Sanctuary of
Martyrs’ was the setting for a fireworks dis-
play that lit up the night sky over the capital.
The celebration day marked the begin-
ning of a year-long programme of events,
which will include seminars, conferences
and book launches.
A n n i v e r s a r y
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Algeria’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
waves to the crowd during a celebration tour.