Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algerian opposition calls for Bouteflika inner circle to go

Does Bouteflika's resignation mean the end of an authoritarian system?
The Algerian opposition says mass street protests will continue, despite the resignation of the country's long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. We speak to one of the opposition leaders, Mustapha Bouchachi.

Algerian leader resigns

Bouteflika has stepped down after weeks of mass protests
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power for 20 years, has announced he has resigned with immediate effect, following weeks of rallies and demonstrations against his earlier decision to seek a fifth term. According to the constitution, the Senate Speaker should take over as the interim head of state until fresh elections are held. Meanwhile in the capital Algiers, many people took to the streets to celebrate news of the departure of the ailing leader. Rania, a young protester, spoke to BBC Newsday.

(Picture: Video capture of a television broadcast which shows Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Credit:Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters)
Algerians celebrate after president Bouteflika resigned
Celebrations filled the streets in Algiers after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation