Algeria's army chief called for president's post to be vacant

Algeria's army chief the Lieutenant-General Ahmed Qayed Saleh has called for the president's post to be vacant, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Tuesday, adding that he said the people's demands were legitimate after a month of mass protests against President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika.

"We must adopt a solution that will ensure a way out of the crisis, a solution that guarantees the exit from the crisis and ensures respect for the constitution and consensus, which is the solution stipulated in the Constitution in Article 102," said Qayed Saleh.

Article 102 provides for the creation of a successor to the Head of State if he cannot continue to carry out his functions, in reference to the illness of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his having to attend official events in a wheelchair.

Article 102 of the amended Constitution of 2016 provides that "if the President of the Republic cannot exercise his duties due to a serious and chronic illness, the Constitutional Council shall meet and decide.

According to the constitution, National Assembly Speaker Abdul Qader bin Saleh will serve as acting president for at least 45 days.

The article states in the rest of its paragraphs that the President of the Council of the Nation presides over the Acting State for a period of not more than 45 days after the declaration of the parliament proved the impediment, but in the case of continuing the illness of the Head of State after that, it means resignation and then vacancy of his office, Not more than 90 days, during which presidential elections are held to elect a new president.

Algeria has been in the streets for weeks in protest against President Bouteflika's candidacy for a fifth term.

The source: Reuters + Sky News


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