Power may be slipping through the fingers of ailing Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as the country’s Army Chief Ahmed Gaed Salah is asking for the presidency to be vacated due to popular demands after a month of mass protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Based on Article 52 of the Algerian constitution, the chairman of parliament’s upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, would serve as caretaker president for at least 45 days.
The article applies under certain conditions, such as deteriorating health. Bouteflika, 82, has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting for nearly five weeks calling on Bouteflika to step down after 20 years in power.
Bouteflika earlier this month bowed to protesters by reversing a decision to seek another term and putting off elections that had been set for April. But he stopped short of quitting as head of state and said he would stay on until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending his current term.