Major protests broke out in January 2011 over food prices, unemployment and the rule by state of emergency, which had been lasting for 19 years. The demonstrations continued during the month of February, becoming more politicized with calls for regime change. The government responded by a series of immediate measures: stabilizing prices of basic food products, increasing salaries of various groups, granting credits and subsidies and lifting the 1992 state of emergency law. Furthermore, the government amended many existing laws related to political participation. A...
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