Algeria’s military chief has called for the removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Chief of staff Gaid Salah, called on Tuesday in an address the application of article 102 of the Algerian Constitution.

This regulates the case that the President can not run for health reasons, his office. According to the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the Algerian constitutional court, the article 102 to proclaim and declare the President in order for amtsunfähig. Subsequently, the Parliament has to vote on it. Bouteflika has been sitting for a stroke in a wheelchair and has great difficulty in Speaking. In Public, he shows hardly.

The army is the guarantor and guardian of national independence, said Salah. The previous protests against the President had so far remained peaceful, it has to be a solution to the crisis found.

For more than a month in Algeria and mass protests against incumbent President Bouteflika. This had explained, not for a fifth term to run, he shifted to the middle of April, the scheduled elections, but for an indefinite period of time. Also opposed to the hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets. Bouteflika has ruled Algeria for the past 20 years.

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