Bouteflika’s resignation accepted by Algeria’s constitutional council

I have taken this step because I am keen to put an end to the current bickering – Bouteflika
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2001 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika adresses a joint sitting of the parliament in Cape Town. – Bouteflika informed the Constitutional Council he is resigning in a move that is to take effect on April 2, 2019, state television said. Bouteflika “officially advised the Constitutional Council of the end of his term of office as President of the Republic” from Tuesday, said a news ticker on the television, shortly after the army chief demanded the immediate launch of impeachment proceedings against the protest-hit leader. (Photo by Anna ZIEMINSKI / AFP)

Algeria’s constitutional council has accepted the resignation of outgoing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who handed in his letter on Tuesday, state TV reports.

Bouteflika had handed over his resignation letter personally to the head of the constitutional council, Tayeb Belaiz with Chairman of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah in attendance.

“I have taken this step because I am keen to put an end to the current bickering. I have taken the suitable measures needed for the continuity of the nation’s institutions during the interim period,” Bouteflika said in the letter.

The ailing president had initially announced he was standing down in a one-sentence statement carried by state news agency APS, followed by a letter – his primary means of communication since suffering a stroke in 2013 and disappearing from public view.

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Bouteflika’s resignation will put Abdelkader Bensalah, chairman of the upper house of parliament, in charge as caretaker president for 90 days until elections are held.


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