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Algerian leader Bouteflika ends 20-year rule after mass protests

Updated : April 03, 2019 11:57 AM IST

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to six weeks of largely peaceful mass protests driven by youth and pressure from the powerful army against his 20-year rule.

Hundreds took to the streets of the capital after the announcement of the 82-year-old's departure, capping protests which called for the removal of an elite seen by many as out of touch with ordinary people and presiding over an economy riven by cronyism.

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, Algeria, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. (Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, Algeria, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. (Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures while talking with Army Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaed Salah during a graduation ceremony of the 40th class of the trainee army officers at a Military Academy in Cherchell 90 km west of Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo)
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures while talking with Army Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaed Salah during a graduation ceremony of the 40th class of the trainee army officers at a Military Academy in Cherchell 90 km west of Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate on the streets after Bouteflika's resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate on the streets after Bouteflika's resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate on the streets in Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People celebrate on the streets in Algiers. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People carry a national flag as they celebrate on the streets. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People carry a national flag as they celebrate on the streets. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People carry a national flag as they celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitted his resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
People carry a national flag as they celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitted his resignation. (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)
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