Algeria's Bouteflika 'to resign in two days': local reports

Algeria's Bouteflika 'to resign in two days', according to local reports
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01 April, 2019
Abdelaziz Bouteflika is set to step down within the next two days, according to local media in Algeria.
Bouteflika has ruled Algeria since 1999 [Getty]

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is set to resign within the coming days, according to local media on Monday.

Algerian newspapers - including Elbilad and Elakhbar -released articles stating that longtime leader Bouteflika will resign within two days as protests calling for his resignation continue.

This comes a day after Bouteflika named a new government headed by recently appointed premier Noureddine Bedoui.

State television on Sudnay reported that armed forces chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has called for Bouteflika, who has ruled Algeria since 1999, to step down, remained as deputy defence minister.

The reports are speculating the new government was formed to prepare Algeria for a transition after Bouteflika resigns.

Veteran politician Ramtane Lamamra, who was appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister on 11 March, was not named in the new administration.

Ailing Bouteflika, who has rarely being seen in public since a 2013 stroke, has come under mounting pressure to quit power since his decision to seek a fifth term sparked huge demonstrations.

Bouteflika said earlier this month he would pull out of the race and postponed April elections, in moves that angered Algerians who see it as a ploy to extend his two decades in power.