Algerian President Bouteflika resigns after mass protests

Prime News, International, Algiers, April 3:- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned after weeks of mass protests.

State media said Bouteflika officially informed the Constitutional Council that he has ended his term of office on Tuesday. Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after state media announced the 82-year-old’s departure, capping a wave of protests demanding the removal of an aging elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism.

Bouteflika was in power for 20 years and was under mounting pressure to step down since his decision to seek a fifth term. Bouteflika was rarely being seen in public after suffering a stroke in 2013. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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