'Miss Algeria' returns after a decade

Miss Algeria has been crowned for the first time in ten years.

The long-awaited beauty pageant took place over the weekend.

It was a 19-year-old science student who walked away with the honours: Rym Amari is Miss Algeria 2013.

The competition was suspended in 2003 after the death of Cheradi Hamdad, who launched the beauty contest in 1996 during Algeria's devastating civil war and whose son Faycal Hamdad has now taken up the mantle.

It is too late for the winner to participate in this year's Miss World contest, due to be held in Bali in September, but Amari will be able to vie for the "Best model of the world" title in Brussels later in 2013.


- Additional reporting Sapa

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