Algerian Constitutional Council discusses presidential vacancy announcement

The Constitutional Council, in Algeria, is currently holding a meeting to discuss the resignation of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika after a series of popular protests.

Algerian media sources said on Wednesday that the Constitutional Council began a meeting to announce the vacancy of the post of President of the Republic, after the resignation of Bouteflika.

On Tuesday evening, Bouteflika told the Constitutional Council that he had resigned from "today's date" after spending nearly 20 years in office.

The news agency sent Bouteflika's resignation to the Constitutional Council, quoting a presidential statement.

Under the Algerian constitution, the president of the National Assembly, Abdelkader Ben Saleh, 77, heads the country for a maximum of 90 days, during which presidential elections are held.

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