Embattled Algerian president quits

2019-04-02 21:38
Abdelaziz Bouteflika (File: AFP)

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (File: AFP)

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Algeria's state news agency APS is reporting that embattled President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has quit, informing the country's constitutional council of his decision to stand down.

The news came shortly after the Algerian Defence Ministry aggressively called on Tuesday for Bouteflika to quit "immediately."

The ministry, which controls the army, had said "there is no more time to waste" after six weeks of nationwide protests against the chief of state and his inner circle. 

The 82-year-old Bouteflika has been in office for 20 years. He suffered a stroke in 2013 and has been rarely seen in public since then.

On Monday, he said he would resign by the end of his fourth term on April 28, capitulating to growing calls for his resignation.

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