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North African union proposal resurrected by leaders

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North African union proposal resurrected by leaders

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The idea of a North African economic bloc emulating the EU has been revived during a meeting between the Tunisian and Algerian leaders.

President Abdeliziz Bouteflika was hosting his Tunisian counterpart at the end of his tour to convince other regional leaders of the merits of the proposed Arab Maghreb Union.

Moncef Marzouki wants to forge ahead with the planned bloc, which was formed in 1989 but never implemented, mainly because of disagreements between Algeria and Morocco over disputed Western Sahara.

Marzouki believes the Arab Spring has breathed new life into the idea.

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