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Algeria's $200bn foreign currency reserves

15 May 2012 Last updated at 17:15 BST

The Algerian budget has recorded a financial surplus that has meant a rise in foreign currency reserves to more than $200bn (£125bn; 156bn euros), according to authorities.

While this is expected to rise over the coming year, the North African country still faces high unemployment rates and a severe housing crisis.

Murad Mahmoud reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Abdelkader Belhadj