What Happened: Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika will resign before April 28, the end of his current term, Algerie Presse Service reported April 1.
Why It Matters: Although Bouteflika's resignation will mark the end of two decades of rule, it is unlikely to quell social unrest as the demands from protesters have gradually expanded to include broad systemic reforms.
Background: Algeria's ongoing protests started in opposition to Bouteflika's initial plan to run for a fifth presidential term, but economic troubles have swelled the number of demonstrators, who are now demanding wide-ranging reforms.
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- Algeria Reaches a Transitional Moment (March 13, 2019)
- The Jihadist Peril Lurking in Algeria's Protests (March 12, 2019)