Algerian Members of Parliament (MPs) have named upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as an interim president.
In a televised report, the lawmakers named the speaker as the acting speaker following the resignation of President Bouteflika’s in the face of mass protests.
The Parliament’s move is in line with the country’s constitutional rules.
However, the move is against the demands of demonstrators who were pushing for the stepping down of other top politicians among them Bensalah.
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Algeria’s ailing former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitted his resignation with immediate effect, last Tuesday
In a statement declaring his resignation, Bouteflika mentioned: “I have the honour to formally notify you of my decision to terminate my term of office as President of the Republic from today, Tuesday.
“This decision which I take in my soul and conscience is destined to contribute to the appeasement of the hearts and minds of my compatriots, to allow them to take Algeria towards a better future to which they legitimately aspire,” the statement added.
Bouteflika had been in power for two decades.
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