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Bouteflika submits immediate resignation

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his immediate resignation. The 82-year-old head of state had informed the Algerian constitutional Council, that he "lay at the present day," his office, reported state television on Tuesday night. Bouteflika had announced to the President of the constitutional court officially announced the end of his term, reported the state news Agency APS.

Previously, had called for Algeria's army chief and Deputy defence Minister Ahmed Gaid Salah a "prompt" at the beginning of the provided for in the Constitution impeachment proceedings against Bouteflika.

In the center of Algiers spontaneously, dozens of people gathered to celebrate. On Monday, the aged head of state, Bouteflika after 20 years, had announced at the top of the surface-moderately largest African country surprisingly, before the end of his tenure on 28. April to withdraw. The exact date he left but open.

Within 90 days of a new choice

For weeks, hundreds of thousands of people protested across the country against Bouteflika and the power elite. First of all, Bouteflika had to be postponed for the middle of April, scheduled presidential election and the reforms announced at the same time his term of office, but extended indefinitely. Also, however, there had been protests.

According to the Algerian Constitution does in the case of the resignation of the head of state, the President of the upper house, the office. Currently, the Abdelkader Bensalah, an old companion of Bouteflika. Within 90 days, must be elected a new President. An official statement by the Algerian authorities, it was not initially. Also, from a European point of view, the struggle for power in Algeria is important: More than twelve per cent of EU gas imports originate from there.

the army and the Opposition distanced themselves

Bouteflika was elected in 1999 as the candidate of the Algerian military to the President. In the past few days, the military top had, but apparently the health of ailing Bouteflika withdrawn.

several Algerian opposition parties had called for a spontaneous Meeting on Tuesday the immediate resignation Bouteflika. In a statement, the parties, including the two largest Islamist parties announced that they would not have any of the currently made decisions of state accept leadership. This also includes the establishment of a new government at the weekend count.

(fal/sda/afp)

Created: 02.04.2019, 21:26 PM

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