Algeria: Bouteflika Out, But What Next?

Six-weeks of protests finally forced Bouteflika to resign 2 April, beginning the process for the election of new leadership. But demonstrators have vowed to carry on.

Algeria is now in uncharted waters. After numerous attempts by Abdelaziz Bouteflika, or those around him, to cling to power, the 82-year old veteran of Algeria’s independence struggle finally caved in on 2 April.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was army chief Ahmed Gaed Salah’s calls for constitutional council to declare the wheelchair-bound Mr Bouteflika unfit for office ( MEES, 29 March ). Knowing his days were numbered the president took matters into his own hands.

But the protest movement, which began on 16 February, 10 days after Mr Bouteflika announced he would run for a fifth term, is not letting up. Its aim: to bring down the whole system which has ruled for almost six decades. (CONTINUED - 607 WORDS)