President of Algeria since 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been forced to resign, under the pressure of the street. Back to the wall, after more than a month of popular protest in the streets across the country, and abandonned by the Army, the 82-year-old president officially resigned on Tuesday night.
"I have the honor to formally notify you of my decision to terminate the mandate I perform as President of the Republic, from today, Tuesday 26 Radjab 1440, corresponding to 2 April 2019", can we read in a letter he sent to the Constitutional Council, and made public by the official Algerian press agency.
"This decision that I take in my soul and conscience is intended to help calm the hearts and minds of my compatriots, to enable them to project Algeria together towards the better future they rightly aspire to", added the deposed Head of State.
A formal resignation that comes hours after a statement from the Algerian Army on Tuesday night. The high commander then said he did not recognize the statement of the Algerian presidency, made public the day before, Monday, and announcing the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika before April 28, the end date of his current term.
The chief of staff of the armed forces, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, had demanded that the constitutional procedure for dismissing the head of state from power be "immediately implemented".
According to the constitutional provisions, the President of the Council of the Nation (Senate), Abdelkader Bensalah, 77 years, will ensure the interim, for a maximum period of 90 days, until the organization of the Presidential election.
As a reminder, 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been severely weakened by a stroke since 2013, faced more than a year of popular protest following the announcement of his decision to run for a fifth term in the presidential elections. originally scheduled for April 18. Supported by the Army, demonstrations have intensified across the country since February 22 to demand the departure of the Algerian leader.
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