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Algeria's 82-year-old president resigns following mass protests

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Algeria's 82-year-old president resigns following mass protests

Algeria's 82-year-old president resigns following mass protests

Hundreds of Algerians took to the streets of the capital Algiers on Tuesday (April 2) to celebrate the departure of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after 20 years of power.

Anna Bevan reports

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Algeria's 82-year-old president resigns following mass protests

Handing over his letter of resignation after 20 years in power.

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on Tuesday (April 2), succumbing to six weeks of mass protests, calling for the 82-year-old to go.

The news prompted celebrations on the streets of the capital, Algiers, which has seen regular demonstrations ever since Bouteflika announced plans to run for a fifth term.

In a letter released on state media, Bouteflika said he'd stepped down because he wanted to put an end to the current bickering.

But that followed calls from the army chief of staff, demanding the frail ruler be removed from power.

Algeria has transformed during the protests, with people no longer afraid of criticizing the government, in a country where 70 percent of the population is unemployed.

Under Algeria's constitution, the chairman of the upper house of parliament will take over as caretaker president for 90 days until elections are held.




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