Algeria protests: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to RESIGN after weeks of ...

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will reportedly step down this weekPresident Abdelaziz Bouteflika will reportedly step down this week (Image: GETTY)

The president has faced repeated calls to resign after 20 years in office. According to El Bilad TV, Mr Bouteflika may resign as early as this Tuesday following pressure from within his own government. Last week, the army's Chief of Staff, Ahmed Gaid Salah put forward a motion to declare that the president was now unfit for office.

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Speaking in support of the army’s initiative, former prime minister Ali Bengalis said: "The merit of this approach is that it responds to a pressing popular demand.

“We are facing a political, constitutional and institutional crisis."

The 82-year-old who suffered a stroke in 2013 has barely been seen in public which has led to calls for his removal.

In order to try and defuse the recent protests, Mr Bouteflika said last month that he would not run for a fifth term in office.

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