Algeria’s parliament appointed senate chairman Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika after weeks of mass protests against his rule.
The parliament named Abdelkader Bensalah, the leader of parliament’s upper chamber, as president for a maximum 90 days as is called for by the constitution until a new election can be organized. Bensalah who was a key ally of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Algerian students again protested in the capital, Algiers calling for the ouster of the country’s entire political hierarchy.
Algeria’s powerful army chief was due to speak later in the day.