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President Bouteflika of Algeria resigns

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns following aggressive protests by the Army

His departure comes after 20 years of rule, with the veteran of the independence struggle finally losing his grip after weeks of massive street protests

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Algeria’s president informed the country’s constitutional council Tuesday of his decision to stand down, state news agency APS has reported.

The ailing 82-year-old resigns from the presidency following mass protests against his rule. He ruled for 20 years.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation followed an aggressive call from the country’s defence ministry for the embattled president to quit “immediately” following weeks of street protests.

The announcement followed army demand for impeachment proceedings against Bouteflika.

After Bouteflika’s announcement, hundreds of jubilant people gathered in downtown Algiers on Tuesday night, singing songs and waving Algerian flags. Car horns sounded in the street as small crowds of people began gathering to celebrate.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian hailed the move as “an important page in the history of Algeria that turns.”

“We are confident in the ability of all Algerians to continue this democratic transition in the same spirit of calm and responsibility,” Le Drian said in a statement.

Bouteflika’s 20-year reign had become a symbol of ageing regimes across the Middle East and north Africa and its sudden end marked a new victory for popular protest in the region.

The president suffered a stroke in 2013 and since then he has rarely been seen in public. He had been running the country from behind the scenes for 5 years, fighting several medical issues in the process. He was aided by a cabal of sympathisers known as Le Pouvoir.

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