Soros team wants al-Qaida in government: Told Algerian officials those supporting Islamic caliphate should be 'empowered'

Posted: February 15, 20119:17 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein © 2011 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – An international "crisis management" group led by billionaire George Soros long has petitioned for the Algerian government to cease "excessive" military activities against al-Qaida-linked groups and to allow organizations seeking to create an Islamic state to participate in the Algerian government.

The organization, the International Crisis Group, also is tied strongly to the Egyptian opposition movement whose protests led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Soros' own Open Society Institute has funded opposition groups across the Middle East and North Africa, including organizations involved in the current chaos.

Following protests that led to the resignations of Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali – both key U.S. allies – Algeria similarly has been engulfed in anti-regime riots.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has ruled the country with a tough hand. And he has been an ally of the U.S. in fighting al-Qaida.

Islamist parties serve as Bouteflika's main opposition.

Yesterday, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci said his country may lift a 19-year-old state of emergency in the next few days, indicating the country may be ready for reforms leading to a more representative democracy.

The National Coordination for Change and Democracy, one of the initiators of the recent Algerian protests, demanded an immediate shift to full democracy, the lifting the state of emergency laws, as well as "labor and social justice and liberation in political and media fields."

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