Algeria : Adieu President Bouteflika

A woman walks past posters of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation, state news agency APS said on Tuesday, following weeks of mass protests.

The move came after Algeria’s army chief of staff demanded immediate constitutional procedures to remove the ailing, 82-year-old leader from office.

Bouteflika “officially advised the Constitutional Council of the end of his term of office as President of the Republic”, state television reported.

“I have the honour to formally notify you of my decision to terminate my term of office as President of the Republic from today, Tuesday,” state news agency APS quoted his resignation letter as saying.

“This decision which I take in my soul and conscience is destined to contribute to the appeasement of the hearts and minds of my compatriots, to allow them to take Algeria towards a better future to which they legitimately aspire,” it added.

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