In power for two decades, 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the target of a popular protest for more than a month and challenged by the army, resigned Tuesday night, announced the Algerian official media.

According to the Constitution, it is the president of the Council of the Nation (upper house), Abdelkader Bensalah, 77 years, pure product of the regime, which will ensure the interim for a maximum period of 90 days during which a presidential must be organized.

Mr. Bouteflika , very weak since a stroke in 2013 but who in February still intended to seek a fifth term, “officially advised the Constitutional Council of the end of his mandate as President of the Republic” from “today” on Tuesday, said in the evening a banner rolling on the national television.

This decision “is intended to help calm the hearts and minds of my compatriots, to allow them to project together Algeria towards the better future they rightly aspire to,” said the head of state in his letter of resignation.

Source: AFP