After weeks of protests sparked by his bid for a fifth term, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is resigning tonight — well before his term ends April 28, state media reports. He’d ruled out running in now-postponed April 18 elections, but thousands continued demanding his ouster, and the country’s military chief declared him unfit for office. A 2013 stroke has kept his public appearances to a minimum.
Who’ll be in charge? It’s not clear, but the National Liberation Front, governing since shedding French colonial rule in 1962, has promised a national conference on protesters’ reform demands.
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