The information has just fallen. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday presented his resignation to the president of the constitutional council.
Bouteflika “officially advised the president of the Constitutional Council of the end of his term as President of the Republic” from Tuesday.
Monday, a statement from the Presidency announced that the current tenant of the palace of El Mouradia resign “before April 28”, date of the end of his term of office.
However, “it should take important steps to ensure the continued functioning of state institutions during the transition period,” it was said.
Meanwhile, army chief of staff and Deputy Defense Minister General Ahmed Gaïd Salah on Tuesday called for the immediate implementation of the constitutional procedure to remove Bouteflika from power.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Defense, the Algerian army considers non-authentic the presidential statement announcing April 1 the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika before the end of his term. This since it “does not emanate from the Head of State” but “non-constitutional and unauthorized entities”.
And to continue: “In this particular context, we confirm that any decision taken outside the constitutional framework is considered null and void”.
The statement also draws red bullets on “some” individuals “who work to perpetuate the crisis and make it more complex”, and who have “only concern for the preservation of their narrow personal interests”. Several observers see it as an attack on the entourage close to the current tenant of the palace of El Mouradia.
We also learn that General Ahmed Gaïd Salah was surrounded at this meeting of the highest ranking officers of the army, including the commanders of land forces, naval, air and air defense territory, the commanders of the military regions. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense was also present, it is said.