Algeria ruling party supports President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s removal from office

PARIS, France–––Algeria’s ruling party, the FLN, has backed calls to declare the country’s ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, unfit to rule.

The FLN’s intervention – which is expected to be decisive – comes a day after the head of the army Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah said a constitutional rule should be invoked to remove the president from office.

The demonstration against President Bouteflika began last month after he said he planned to stand for another term.

Under pressure, President Bouteflika then agreed to stand down after constitutional reforms had been passed.

Algerians continued to protest arguing that the move was a ploy by the president to stay in office.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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