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Bouteflika “ask forgiveness” to Algerians

The resigning president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Wednesday apologized to Algerians in a “goodbye” letter after his departure from power under the pressure of the street which reaffirmed his determination to get rid of the “system”.

At the same time, the new government has made gestures of openness to the press, the opposition, associations and unions, measures visibly aimed at giving pledges to the opposition and to civil society, while opens an interim period of three months during which a new president will have to be elected.

Shortly before, a group of about twenty associations involved in the protest called for a new day of mobilization Friday to “maintain the pressure” and get “an independent transition from the system”, maintaining in their posts men placed by Bouteflika can not, according to them, guarantee a free and fair presidential.

Bouteflika, 82, presented his resignation Tuesday night after more than a month of monster protests calling for his departure, an unprecedented mobilization since he came to power in 1999.

“I leave the political scene without sadness or fear for the future of our country” and “I urge you to remain united,” said Wednesday Bouteflika in a letter to “his dear sisters” and “dear brothers” Algerian, reported by the official APS agency.

I want to “ask forgiveness from those, among the children of my homeland, to whom I would have, unintentionally, failed in my duty despite my deep commitment to serve all Algerians and Algerians”, continues former president, who calls himself “now a simple citizen”.

The Constitutional Council took note on Wednesday of the definitive vacancy of the presidency of the republic and informed the parliament, according to the national television. According to the Constitution, it is the president of the Council of Nation (upper house), Abdelkader Bensalah, 77, who is responsible for acting for a maximum of 90 days.

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