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Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction

The 10-stop, 4m line is only the second rail system of its kind in Africa, after that in Cairo

Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
Algeria's metro station, which has taken 28 years to build, finally opened on Monday amid much fanfare. Picture above: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (C) attends the official inauguration of the long-awaited underground metro system. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
The system, which is only the second of its kind in Africa, took three decades of work due to an oil crisis and civil war - both of which interrupted the flow of work. Above: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Transports minister Amar Tou (C) ride the metro at its opening. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
Thousands of transport-hungry passengers turned up to ride the metro when it was launched this week. Above: In September, officials were invited to test ride of the subway in preparation for its opening. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
Would be passengers were also given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new system in August. Above: Would be passengers enter a metro carriage in La Grande Poste station. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
The launch of the 10-stop, four mile line, which coincided with a national holiday in the country, has sparked a wave of celebrations among Algerian's and a festival atmosphere. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
Passengers were finally able to use the metro just one day after it was officially opened by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
The metro project cost the government approximately $1.2bn to build, despite being halted for years due to a decade of civil unrest, an economic crisis and other problems. (AFP/Getty Images)
Long-awaited Algerian metro opens after 28-yrs of construction
The new system will chagre customers 50 dinars ($0.67) for a single journey, but many Algerians believe this is too high. (AFP/Getty Images)