Tayeb Belaiz: Algerian Constitutional Council President resigns

Tayeb Belaiz: Algerian Constitutional Council President resigns

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Algerian Constitutional Council President Tayeb Belaiz on Tuesday presented his resignation to Acting Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah, reports the official APS news agency quoting a Council statement.

Protesters who have been calling for the end of the “system” since February 22, demanded the departure of this relative of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who himself resigned on 2 April under the pressure of the street.

Hundreds of students demonstrated Tuesday in central Algiers, sometimes forcing police cordon, to demand the departure of Abdelkader Bensalah, witnesses said.

They chanted “No to Bensalah!” and waved Algerian flags under the gaze of police officers who did not intervene.

Other student demonstrations have been reported in several cities such as Bouira, Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou.

Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Algiers for the eighth consecutive week to demand the departure of relatives of the former president.

Abdelkader Bensalah, president of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of parliament, was appointed Tuesday last acting head of state for a maximum period of 90 days.

A presidential election will be held on 4 July, the eve of the independence anniversary of 1962.

On Wednesday, the Algerian army chief of staff, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, assured that the judiciary would prosecute “the whole gang” involved in corruption cases.

The general has also accused without naming former intelligence chief Mohamed Mediene to interfere in the process of transition.

“I address a last warning to this individual and, if he persists in his actions, firm legal measures will be taken against him,” he warned.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika dismissed Mohamed Mediene in 2015 to limit the powers of the intelligence services, but he is still considered one of the most influential personalities in the country. Some even call him “the God of Algeria”.

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