Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said today that the protest marches organised in his country to ask for a change of the system will remain ''minority movements''. He confirmed that the state of emergency will be lifted ''in the coming days''.
''The marches organised 15 days ago and on Saturday'', Medelci said on French radio Europe 1, ''clearly show that these are minority movements. I suppose this will not improve from march to march''. ''Algeria'', he said responding to a question about a possible spreading of the uprising, ''is not Tunisia, Algeria is not Egypt''.
The state of emergency was called 19 years ago in the country to deal with the violence of Islamic fundamentalists. Early this month President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that the state of emergency would be lifted.