President Houari Boumedienne on Thursday (16 September) inaugurated work on a new stretch of the Trans-Sahara Highway--hailed by the Algerian press as a "road of unity" for Africa.
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Background: President Houari Boumedienne on Thursday (16 September) inaugurated work on a new stretch of the Trans-Sahara Highway--hailed by the Algerian press as a "road of unity" for Africa. President Boumedienne journeyed to El Golea, 540 miles (866 Kms) south of Algiers in the Sahara Desert, for the ceremony.
The 256 mile (410 Km) stretch, to be built by Algerian National Servicemen, will run from El Golea to Ain Salah, further south. From Ain-Salah, the Algerian leg of the route will run down to Tamanrasset, in the deep south, before forking into two roads running towards Gao in Mali and Tahoua in Niger.
The Trans-Sahara Highway is a joint project involving Algeria, Mali, Niger and Tunisia, with assistance from the United Nations. The work inaugurated by President Boumedienne on Thursday is expected to take two years to complete.
SYNOPSIS: El Golea, south of Algiers in the Sahara Desert, had a one-day festival, with the arrival of President Houari Boumedienne. The purpose of his one-day visit was to inaugurate work on a new stretch of the Trans-Sahara Highway. Conceived in 1965 as a joint project of Algeria, Mali, Niger and Tunisia, the highway has been hailed by some as the "road of unity" for Africa.
This new stretch of highway will run from El Golea to Ain-Salah, further south. Eventually the Trans-Sahara Highway will run down to Tamanrasset, in the deep south, before forking into two roads running towards Mali and Niger.
The stretch inaugurated by President Boumedienne should take two years to complete, allowing for work stoppage during the intense heat of the summer. Unveiling a plaque to dedicate this section of road, the President described the highway as "the road of African unity, the road of the new revolutionary youth".
After the ceremony, the President toured the camp where the workers will live. The road is to be built by young Algerian National Servicemen. Six-hundred of these men have already arrived at the camp and are ready to begin construction on the highway, which is an extension of national highway, route numbers one.
Addressing the servicemen, President Boumedienne said that Algeria was destined to progress rapidly, and that Algeria must count on its people and the country's potentialities, in order to safeguard Algerian independence.
Following his speech, the President met the servicemen in informal talks. He said that the highway, which the servicemen were constructing, would at last end the isolation of the people in the far south of Algeria.