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ALGERIA: Bensalah to replace Bouteflika as interim president, says parliament

ALGERIA: Bensalah to replace Bouteflika as interim president, says parliament

Algeria’s parliament has officially confirmed Senate President Abdelkader Bensalah as acting president for the next 90 days replacing Abdelaziz Bouteflika who ruled the country for nearly two decades, Aljazeera reports.

This came in after Bouteflika submitted his resignation by stepping down after nearly two months of protests.

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“I am required by national duty to take on this heavy responsibility of steering a transition that will allow the Algerian people to exercise their sovereignty,” Bensalah said.

“We must work to allow the Algerian people to elect their president as soon as possible.”

Bensalah is expected to rule until new elections are held, in accordance with the country’s constitution.

By Todimu Ogunade…

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