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Algerian Parliament Names Interim President After Protests

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Published on April 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s

Algerian Parliament Names Interim President After Protests

Algeria's parliament tapped Senate President Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president for the next 90 days until new elections are held.

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Algerian Parliament Names Interim President After Protests

Algeria has a new,  temporary president  after pro-democracy protests pushed Abdelaziz Bouteflika out.  The country's parliament tapped upper chamber leader Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president for the next 90 days until new elections are held.  Bouteflika resigned  last week after widespread protests.

Shortly after, Algeria's constitutional council ruled that the seat was vacant.  The four-term head of state had previously announced he would have yet another go at the presidency, sparking outrage and protests.

Bouteflika has been in poor health and hasn't really been in the public eye the last few years.

That sparked questions and rumors about who had actually been running the country.

Protesters  took to the streets  again after Bouteflika's resignation last week, demanding that the political system be revamped and Bouteflika loyalists be removed from office.

Newly named interim president Bensalah is considered a key Bouteflika ally and close confidant.  Additional reporting from Reuters.

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