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Bouteflika Out, Interim President on the Way

Monday, April 8, 2019

Algeria’s parliament is expected to elect a new interim president on April 9 according to a state news agency (APS) report. This follows the resignation of current ruler, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Bouteflika’s resignation follows six weeks of protests calling for democratic reforms after almost 60 years of rule by veterans of the 1954-62 independence war against France.

Algeria’s constitution calls for both chambers of the assembly to formally confirm the vacancy of the presidency and elect an upper house president to run the country on an interim basis for three months until elections.

The current upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah stands to become interim president as of now.