Algeria’s Long-serving President, Bouteflika Resigns

Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has ruled Algeria for 20 years.

Algeria’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has finally bowed to pressure from protesters and resigned from his position as the country’s top political leader after 20 years in power.

According to state owned TV, the President has officially notified the Constitutional Council that he would end his term as President from Tuesday.

Also, the army chief, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah was quoted by APS news agency earlier as saying: “There is no more room to waste time”. The army had earlier called on the 82-year-old to resign or be declared incapable of carrying out his duties.

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has since rarely appeared in public.

His resignation comes after two months of countrywide protests against his bid to seek fifth term when he announced running on February 10.

They demanded for an overhaul of the entire generation of Algerian political leaders, including those who would be in line to succeed him.

The majority of the protesters are young people who are not involved in party politics and say they want a new system of government, not simply someone replacing the ailing president.

They held placards with writings demanding him to stepdown on February 22. The massive protests prompted him to announce that he was not to stand for the fifth term on March 11.

The ailing President had offered to go by the end of his current term April 28, but protestors and their leaders who accuse him of being used as a front by “le pouvoir” – a group of businessmen, politicians and military officials to retain their power objected the move before being backed by the military.

On Monday, ASP news agency carried a Presidential statement in which stated that Bouteflika was considering to resign before his mandate expires.

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