Algeria's President Bouteflika set to tender resignation this week

According to reports from local media's in Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika might tender his resignation  this week,after mass protests and pressure from the army demanding he end his 20-year rule. 

 Photo of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Photo of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika 

 The reports came in  after Lieutenant General Ahmed Hard Salah the army chef of staff renewed a call on Saturday for the Constitutional Council to declare Bouteflika unfit to rule. 

 Seeking to defuse the demonstrations, Bouteflika said on March 11 he was dropping plans for a fifth term. 

But he stopped short of stepping down immediately, to wait for a national conference on political change. 

 That further enraged protesters, prompting Salah to step in by proposing last week to ask the constitutional council to see whether he is still fit for office.

 Algerians protesting against President Bouteflika
Algerians protesting against President Bouteflika 

 Bouteflika, who has rarely been in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, might announce his resignation on Tuesday, Ennahar TV said, citing political sources. 

Although the  State media did not give  similar reports, and there was no immediate comment from the presidency. 

 Ennahar said Bouteflika was preparing his resignation in accordance with article 102 of the constitution, which allows him to quit or face the verdict of the constitutional council whether he is still fit for office.

 Late on Sunday, hundreds took to the streets in the capital, Algiers, to demand Bouteflika go, according to residents and pictures posted on social media. 

The reports came hours after Bouteflika named a caretaker Cabinet.

 Political sources said that might be a signal that Bouteflika could resign, as a caretaker president cannot name Cabinets. 

 Incumbent Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui will head the administration, state news agency APS said, listing 27 ministers. 

Central bank Governor Mohamed Loukal was named as finance minister, while the former head of the state power and gas utility Mohamed Arkab will be energy minister, APS said.

 Sabri Boukadoum, a former envoy to the United Nations, becomes foreign minister and replaces Ramtane Lamamra, who spent less than a month in the role. 

 Gawd retained  his position as deputy defence minister in the reshuffle, according to state media. Bouteflika kept his title as defence minister. 

Bouteflika also named the communications minister, Hassane Rabhi, as government spokesman, a rarely filled post in what critics say has been a secretive administration.

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