Algeria: Abdelkader Bensalah Appointed Interim President

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Algeria: Abdelkader Bensalah Appointed Interim President
Algeria: Abdelkader Bensalah Appointed Interim President

Algeria’s lawmakers on Tuesday appointed the upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika after weeks of mass protests against his rule. Protesters, who are demanding sweeping democratic reforms, are opposed to figures like Bensalah, a close associate of Bouteflika and his inner circle who dominated Algeria for decades. Upon stepping down last week, Bouteflika promised that elections would be held after 90 days as part of a transition he said would usher in a new era.

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