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Bouteflika Will Resign

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Algerian state news agency, APS, said on April 1 that the beleaguered President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign before his mandate ends on April 28. Bouteflika has been under siege for more than a month now with mass protests and army pressure to end his two-decade long reign.

Protesters and most opposition parties rejected a new caretaker cabinet appointed by Bouteflika late on March 31, saying the prime minister was too close to ruling circles.

APS said Bouteflika would take important decisions to ensure “continuity of the state’s institutions” before stepping down. It did not spell out a date for his departure or give more details immediately.
Under Algeria’s constitution, Abdelkader Bensalah, chairman of the upper house of parliament, would take over as caretaker president for 90 days until elections are held.