After more than a month of protests in the streets of Algeria, the press insisted that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will soon resign “under Article 102 of the Constitution.” The chains Ennahar and El Bilad reported the info on Monday.
According to Ennahar, Boutelfika could even leave on Tuesday. El Bilad said the president is expected to make the announcement in the week while the constitutional expiry of his term is scheduled for April 28.
This announcement comes at a time when the Algerian President has appointed a new government consisting of 27 ministers, including eight from the former team. According to the new government led by Noureddine Bedoui, appointed prime minister on March 11, Army Corps General Ahmed Gaïd Salah retained his portfolio as deputy minister of national defense.
Recall that General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, had claimed Tuesday, March 26, the application of Article 102 of the Algerian Constitution, which provides for the dismissal of the President of the Republic in case of serious illness and inability to perform his duties.
Gaid Salah said that “despite the pacifism of the popular revolt, it can be exploited to destabilize the country.” He calls for the self-denial and patriotism of citizens in order to privilege the supreme interests of the nation. The suspense looks increasingly heavy in Algeria.