Published: 2019-04-02 17:06
Last Updated: 2019-04-03 09:10
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has decided to step down before April 28, the date of the end of his term, to meet the basic demand of the hundreds of protesters who gathered in Algeria's capital in March in the biggest protest against Bouteflika's decision to delay the election.
Bouteflika will be making further important decisions after he has named the new government, which is mainly composed of non-political parties, a statement issued by the President of the Republic said.
These decisions aim at ensuring the continuity of the state during the transitional period, which will start from the date on which Bouteflika will announce his resignation," according to the statement.
"The president's resignation will take place before the end of his election term on Sunday, April 28, 2019," the statement added.
The presidential statement did not indicate a specific date for the resignation, nor did it include any clarification regarding the "important decisions" to be taken.
The 82-year-old Bouteflika took office in April 1999. He has never faced a wave of protests calling for his departure similar to the ones he has been facing since February 22, 2019.