New head of Algerian constitutional council named
Algeria's Interim President appointed a new head of Constitutional Council late Tuesday after the former chief quit under pressure from protesters.
Iran Press/Africa: A statement from Abdelkader Bensalah said Kamel Feniche would be the new council president, replacing Tayeb Belaiz, who the state news agency APS earlier reported had submitted his resignation to Bensalah. Feniche, a magistrate, has been a member of the council since 2016.
Algeria’s lawmakers on Apr. 09 appointed the upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president.
Belaiz is one of three figures in the interim government whose removal has been demanded by pro-democracy protesters. They are seen as part of the discredited regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned April 2 after six weeks of nationwide demonstrations calling for an end to his two-decade rule, AP reported.
Belaiz's departure could help calm protesters by clearing the way for someone considered more independent.
Also Tuesday, the military chief called on Algerians to show "patience" during the political transition ahead.
A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose the successor to Bouteflika, who stepped down under pressure from the military's chief of staff, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah.
Algeria's ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Apr. 03 announced his resignation with immediate effect, following months of protests against his rule.
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. 101/201