The Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika 82, who has been in power for 20 years and suffered a stroke 6 years ago has resigned after weeks of massive street protests.
The protests have been driven by the country’s youth and lawyers demanding the removal of a ruling elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary Algerians.
The ailing,president announced he was stepping down with immediate effect in a letter published by state-run APS news agency on Tuesday, just hours after the army chief demanded action to remove him from office.
Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced Bouteflika departure.Only one person was confirmed to have died during the protests, a man around 60 years old who suffered a heart attack, with most rallies peaceful and with protesters cleaning up the streets before going home.
The Algerian army called for the Algeria President to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties. He made a rare appearance on state TV to relinquish power hours after military chief Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah had called on him to leave office immediately.
Car horns could be heard in the streets of the capital, Algiers, as hundreds celebrated the announcement. Excited citizens waved Algeria’s national flags and sang as they celebrated.
With the present situation , Abdelkader Bensalah, chairman of the upper house of parliament, wil be in charge as caretaker president for 90 days until elections are held