Algeria Gets New President After Protest
Abdelkader Bensalah (image courtesy Reuters)

Abdelkader Bensalah has been appointed to succeed former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as Algeria’s interim president.

But as soon as the appointment of Bensalah was announced, protesters took to the streets saying “Bensalah go”.

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Concise News learned that Bensalah, the speaker of Algeria’s upper house, was appointed by his country’s parliament on Tuesday, April 9.

Bouteflika resigned last week following a series of huge anti-government protests.

He had ruled the north African country for 20 years.

It was gathered that Bensalah, due to be in office for 90 days, will lead Algeria during a transition period in the run-up to a presidential election.

“I want to work towards fulfilling the interests of the people,” AFP news agency quotes the new interim president as telling parliament.

“It’s a great responsibility that the constitution demands of me.”