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Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns

April 2, 2019 World 1 Views Image copyrightAFP / Getty Image captionPresident Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led Algeria since 1 999                Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned after weeks of mass protests, the state news agency APS reports. Mr. Bouteflika, who had been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term as opposition to his rule. The powerful Algerian army called for the 82-year-old to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties. He suffered a stroke six years ago and has rarely appeared in public since. Leaders of the protests had rejected Mr Bouteflika's offer to go by the end of his current term – April 28 – as not enough. Who could succeed Algeria's ailing president? The demonstrations also led to calls for the whole political system, in which the military plays a significant role, to be overhauled. The governing national liberation front (fln), which postponed elections, had to organize a national conference on reforms. Source link

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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led Algeria since 1

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Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned after weeks of mass protests, the state news agency APS reports.

Mr. Bouteflika, who had been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term as opposition to his rule.

The powerful Algerian army called for the 82-year-old to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties.

He suffered a stroke six years ago and has rarely appeared in public since.

Leaders of the protests had rejected Mr Bouteflika’s offer to go by the end of his current term – April 28 – as not enough.

  • Who could succeed Algeria’s ailing president?

The demonstrations also led to calls for the whole political system, in which the military plays a significant role, to be overhauled.

The governing national liberation front (fln), which postponed elections, had to organize a national conference on reforms.


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