Algeria Constitutional Council Chief Quits: State TV
Muhammad Irfan 2 days ago Tue 16th April 2019 | 07:00 PM
The head of Algeria's constitutional council stepped down Tuesday after weeks facing the ire of protesters, state television reported
Tayeb Belaiz informed the council, which will play a key role in upcoming presidential elections, that "he presented his resignation... to the head of state".
Algerians have called for Belaiz and other top figures to quit in mass demonstrations which prompted the departure of veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika earlier this month.
Protesters have targeted the "3B" -- Belaiz, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, and Abdelkader Bensalah who served as upper house speaker until being appointed interim president after Bouteflika's resignation.
The constitutional council is tasked with vetting election candidates, as well as ensuring the regularity of the polls.
Belaiz has served as a minister almost without interruption for 16 years and was appointed head of the constitutional council for the second time on February 10.
The demonstrations swelled and spread nationwide, with protesters calling for a broad overhaul of the political system following the president's departure.