Algerian Leader Boutefika Resigns Under Pressure from Army


President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has resigned under pressure from the army following weeks of mass protests, closing out the reign of North Africa’s longest-serving leader but not ending a political impasse in a country where protesters are demanding revolutionary change.

His departure followed quickly after a statement from Army Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, the traditional arbiter of political life in the country, calling for an “immediate” declaration from the constitutional council that Mr. Bouteflika was unfit for office.

The protesters may want a clean break, but it is not certain that the army will go along with that, or with bypassing constitutional provisions that call for the appointment of the president of the Senate, a Bouteflika ally, as the temporary president until elections are held.

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New York Times