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Tensions had been mounting in recent days between the army chief and the president’s entourage — along with suspicions of a potential military coup.(AFP)

Algerian president steps down amid protests, army pressure

By Associated Press | Algeris
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2019 03:03 AM IST
The announcement followed soon after a sternly-worded call from the powerful army chief for Bouteflika, 82 and ailing, to “immediately” bow out.
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State television reported that armed forces chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has called for Bouteflika to step down, remained as deputy defence minister.(AFP)
State television reported that armed forces chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has called for Bouteflika to step down, remained as deputy defence minister.(AFP)

Algeria’s Bouteflika announces new government

By Agence France-Presse | Algiers
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2019 02:11 AM IST
Bouteflika said earlier this month he would pull out of the race and postponed April elections, in moves that angered Algerians who see it as a ploy to extend his two decades in power.
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