Algerian president steps down amid protests

Algerian president steps down amid protests
Algerian president steps down amid protests

After much massive six weeks of nationwide protests aimed at pushing him and his much-criticized inner circle from power to create a real democracy in the gas-rich nation.

The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has finally stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in office

The announcement followed soon after a sternly-worded call from the powerful army chief for Bouteflika, 82 and ailing, to “immediately” bow out.

After the announcement, there was a lot of celebration in Algeria capital Algiers.

Honking car horns, singing songs and waving Algerian flags, hundreds gathered Tuesday night at the central post office — a plaza that has become a symbol of the protest movement. Police watched from the sidelines.

The Constitutional Council was expected to convene Wednesday to formalize his departure. Under the constitution, the president of the upper house, the Council of Nations, steps in as interim leader for a maximum of 90 days so that elections can be organized.

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