Apr 03, 2019 07:25 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 20, 2019 21:09 Asia/Tehran]

Algeria's ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced his resignation with immediate effect, following months of protests against his rule.

Iran Press/Africa: State television announced that Bouteflika officially advised the Constitutional Council of the end of his term of office as president of the republic.

The resignation came a few hours after the military had demanded the president's impeachment, dismissing the presidential office's announcement a day earlier that Bouteflika would resign before his mandate runs out towards the end of this month, Reuters reported.

In the military statement issued, Armed forces chief Ahmed Gaid Salah called for the immediate application of the constitutional procedure for removing the head of state from power.

The announced resignation prompted celebrations as crowds gathered and car horns sounded in the streets of the capital city of Algiers.

Bouteflika established himself in the early 2000s by ending a civil war that had claimed 200,000 lives. But he has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, and now faces the biggest crisis of his 20 years in power.

Algeria has long been dominated by veterans of the 1954-1962 independence war against France, but many now see these as too old and out of touch.

The protesters want to replace the establishment with a new generation capable of modernizing the oil-dependent state and giving hope to a young population impatient for a better life.  101/211/202


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