The Algerian army on Tuesday called for the removal of the president due to his health issues.
According to a report shared by News Agency of Nigeria,NAN, There has been several mass protests calling for long-serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.
“A solution should be adopted that ensures getting out of the crisis and responding to the legitimate demands of the Algerian people.
The solution is stipulated in the constitution, in Article 102.” The Military Chief of Staff, Gaid Saleh said.
This is army’s first clear position on the anti-Bouteflika demonstrations, which have rocked the North African country since February.
The statement released by the army stipulates that the country’s Constitutional Council shall meet and then propose to the parliament to declare the inability of the president to exercise his functions due to verified, serious and enduring illness.
The parliament speaker will be then appointed as interim president for 45 days.
Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been protesting for nearly five weeks, demanding that Bouteflika step down after 20 years in power.