Pres­i­dent to re­sign fol­low­ing protests

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

CAIRO – Al­ge­rian Pres­i­dent Ab­de­laziz Boute­flika will re­sign by the end of April, his of­fice an­nounced in a state­ment Mon­day car­ried by the coun­try’s state me­dia, fol­low­ing weeks of mas­sive street protests calling for the end of his two decades in power.

The pres­i­dent, the state­ment said, would re­sign be­fore April 28 and would take mea­sures “to en­sure state in­sti­tu­tions con­tinue to func­tion dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod.”

If Boute­flika car­ries out his prom­ise, he would be­come the fifth Arab leader to be pushed out of of­fice by pop­ulist pres­sure since the 2011 Arab Spring re­volts, fol­low­ing the path of au­to­crats in Egypt, Libya, Tu­nisia and Ye­men. He is Al­ge­ria’s longest-serv­ing head of state.

The an­nounce­ment

Mon­day came a week af­ter Al­ge­ria’s pow­er­ful army chief, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, pub­licly urged that Boute­flika be de­clared un­fit for of­fice and called for his re­moval. Salah is con­sid­ered one of the most in­flu­en­tial power bro­kers in the coun­try. In de­cid­ing to part ways with Boute­flika, Salah was the lat­est in a wave of al­lies who have aban­doned him.

– Wash­ing­ton Post

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