- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign from the presidency before his fourth term expires
- The president has also taken steps to ensure that the country still runs smoothly during his transition
- The resignation is coming weeks after a mass protest followed the president's interest in running for the fifth time
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign his duties before the expiration of his fourth term in office on Sunday, April 28, a statement shared by APS news agency has said.
The statement added that the president has taken "steps to ensure state institutions continue to function during the transition period," and that the resignation will happen before the fourth term ends, Aljazeera reports.
It should be recalled that millions of Algerians have been protesting weekly for the 82-yeard-old to step down as he spent almost 20 years in office and has been seen publicly since he had strokes in 2013.
Protests to remove the Algerian president from office came after he said he would content for a fifth term, which he had to back down from when public pressure mounted on him.
Bouteflika’s resignation, however, may not change things as Algerians students on various social media platforms still called for huge protest to be held on Tuesday, April 2, in the country’s capital and across the nation.
Mohamed, a student union member in Algiers, said the resignation of Bouteflika is not “enough” as the same regime will remain even after his departure.
He said: "It does not change anything. He will leave but the same regime, which has ruled Algeria since 1962 and its independence, will stay if we don't continue to protest. What we want is not only Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down, but we also want the creation of a new political system."
Another student, Amel, a computer engineer in the same capital, said the president’s resignation is just a distraction.
"He is only the tip of the iceberg. The ruling elite, who is clinging to power, is trying to distract us with the President's resignation. But we are not duped," she said.
The president’s resignation came after Algeria’s powerful army chief moved the launch of the constitution process to have Bouteflika declared as unfit for the country’s presidency.
It also be noted that the Constitutional Council had been meeting to look at whether the president can be removed on the basis that his incapable of performing his duties
The council has such power under article 102 of the country’s constitution, and without the parliamentary approval declare the presidency vacant.
On Sunday night, March 31, the country’s national television announced that Bouteflika and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui already named a new government after weeks of protests.
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