People wave Algerian flags as they celebrate the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Algerians rejoice as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika finally quits, ending 20-year reign amid protests and military pressure

  • Abdelaziz Bouteflika ended his presidency after his powerful army chief called on him to resign ‘immediately’
  • Protesters had hoped to oust Bouteflika and his inner circle to create a true democracy in the gas-rich nation
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People wave Algerian flags as they celebrate the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Algeria's Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaid Salah (R). Photo: AFP

Algeria’s powerful army chief wants ailing president declared unfit for office

  • President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said last month he would run for a fifth term in office, despite concerns about his ability to rule, triggering a wave of protests
  • The 82-year-old leader uses a wheelchair and has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Algeria's Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaid Salah (R). Photo: AFP
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