Algerian parliament President Bouchareb resigns

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Algerian parliamentary President Mouad Bouchareb has resigned.

This comes after a prolonged demand for his removal by protesters who believe he is a stumbling block to their demands.

In recent days, pressure from politicians mounted against Bouchareb to step down as well.

Three months after longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned under pressure Bouchareb has also followed similar faith.

Deputy speaker Abdul Razzak Tarbash has been assigned to run the legislature’s affairs until a new speaker is elected within 15 days.

Bouchareb was a member of the ruling National Liberation Front that was led by ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Protesters considered him an “illegitimate speaker”, and a pillar of the ruling elite hence his removal from office could just be a sign of victory for the persistent protest movement.

Hauwa Mustapha