Report - Algeria to lift state of emergency -

The president of Algeria plans to lift a state of emergency soon that has been in effect for nearly 20 years, the Algerian Press Service reported Thursday.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he would lift the ban in the "very close future," the news service said.

Bouteflika's announcement comes about two weeks after government opponents marched in the North African nation to demand that the ban be lifted. The demonstrators also called for the release of detainees and the restoration of individual and collective freedoms.