News ID: 241195
Published: 0520 GMT April 09, 2019

Algeria's parliament appoints interim president, students protest

Algeria's parliament appoints interim president, students protest

Algeria’s parliament appointed its upper house chairman as interim president following the resignation of ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the face of weeks of mass demonstrations against his rule.

Although Abdelkader Bensalah's appointment on Tuesday is in keeping with Algeria’s constitution, protesters, who want sweeping reforms, oppose figures like Bensalah, a close associate of Bouteflika who dominated Algeria for almost 60 years.

Shortly after the announcement in parliament, hundreds of mostly student protesters gathered in central Algiers, chanting slogans against Bensalah, Presstv Reported.

Police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

Algeria’s powerful military, long seen as a kingmaker in Algerian politics, is yet to react to Bensalah’s appointment, but Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah carefully managed Bouteflika’s exit after six weeks of mostly peaceful demonstrations. Salah has also expressed support for protesters.

Upon resignation, Bouteflika promised that elections would be held after 90 days as part of a transition he said would usher in a new era.

Under the Algerian constitution, Bensalah will remain interim president until new elections are held.

“We must work to allow the Algerian people elect their president as soon as possible,” the interim president told parliament.

 

 

   
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