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12:00 AM, April 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, April 08, 2019

Algeria lawmakers to meet Tuesday to name interim president

Algeria's parliament is set to meet Tuesday to name an interim successor to president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state media reported, after mass protests pushed the ailing leader from power.

"It was decided to hold a meeting of the two chambers of parliament on Tuesday... at 9:00 am (0800 GMT)," the upper house of parliament said Saturday in a statement carried by the official APS news agency.

Algeria's constitution stipulates that the speaker of the upper house of parliament, currently 77-year-old Abdelkader Bensalah, should take the presidential reins.

He is to serve for up to 90 days, during which a presidential election must be organised.

The lawmakers are expected to finalise the "vacancy of the post of president... and then designate Abdelkader Bensalah as head of state", said communications head for the upper house of parliament Salim Rabahi.

Faced with massive street protests across the North African country, veteran leader Bouteflika ceded power earlier this week after two decades in power.

The 82-year-old had come under mounting pressure to step down over his decision to seek a fifth term despite rarely being seen in public after suffering a stroke in 2013.

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