Algeria: Resignations continue as thousands return to the streets

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Thousands of students returned to the streets of Algiers on Tuesday, demanding the departure of the country’s rulers.

Police were deployed around the capital’s post office building, which has become the main site for the anti-government protests.

The rally took place as the chairman of Algeria’s Constitutional Council, Tayib Belaiz, quit his post. He was one of the top figures targeted by protesters in mass demonstrations.

The protests in Algeria erupted in February, as the country’s long-time president, the 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, was expected to announce his candidacy for a fifth term.

The nationwide demonstrations ultimately prompted Bouteflika to resign on April 2.

One week later, Algeria’s parliament appointed Abdelkader Bensalah as the country’s interim-president for the next 90 days. Bensalah has since announced a new presidential election, scheduled for July 4, to choose a successor to Bouteflika.

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