Algeria’s army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah has requested for constitutional removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from the office for being unfit to rule.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is ruling Algeria for 20 years.
Lt Gen’s statement came weeks after the protests against the 82-year-old president who is ruling Algeria for 20 years. Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah urged on the need to find “a way out of this crisis immediately, within the constitutional framework”.
Demonstrations against Mr. Bouteflika government started last month when he announced to stand for the fifth term in coming elections. Even though he took his decision back on mass protests but people continued to demonstrate. The protesters also demanded instant change in government.
Lt Gen Gaed Salah is also serving as deputy defense minister. He has previously intended to support protesters by saying that ‘military and the people had a united vision of the future’.
Lt Gen Gaed Salah said that Constitutional Council can terminate a president, unfit to rule, under Article 102 to stabilize the political situation. He further added that: “this solution achieves consensus and must be accepted by all”. Till election, the constitution will authorize the chair of the Senate, Abdelkhader Bansallah to serve as acting head of state.
The statement from military forces is the latest achievement weeks after mass protests in Algeria against the government. Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has already resigned earlier this month and Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui replaced him.
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