Algerian protesters vow to continue their uprising

Photo: EPA People celebrate Bouteflika's resignation, Algiers, 2 April.

Algerian people took the street last night to celebrate the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but analysts believe that the move would be unlikely to appease protestors, who have been calling for an overhaul of the very political establishment.

Bouteflika (82) stepped down on Tuesday following a warning from the country's army chief to "immediately" step down. His resignation after 20 years in office caps six weeks of peaceful protests.

Under the constitution, the president of the upper house, the Council of Nations, steps in as interim leader for a maximum of 90 days so that elections can be organized. The current upper house president is Abdelkader Bensalah, a Bouteflika ally, and it's unclear whether protesters will abandon their fight for an overhaul of the entire power structure, news wires reported.

Earlier Bouteflika's office has said he would leave by 28 April, the official end of his fourth mandate, but only after "important" changes were made to ensure institutional continuity. That gave rise to fears that his entourage would do all to preserve the interests of those who profited from his time in office.

 

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