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Algeria constitutional council chief quits: state TV

AFP  |  Algiers 

The of Algeria's constitutional council stepped down Tuesday after weeks facing the ire of protesters, state television reported.

informed the council, which will play a key role in upcoming presidential elections, that "he presented his resignation... to the of state".

Algerians have called for Belaiz and other top figures to quit in mass demonstrations which prompted the departure of veteran earlier this month.

Protesters have targeted the "3B" -- Belaiz, Noureddine Bedoui, and who served as upper until being appointed after Bouteflika's resignation.

Bensalah has defended his appointment under constitutional rules and has pledged a transparent vote, to be held on July 4.

The constitutional council is tasked with vetting election candidates, as well as ensuring the regularity of the polls.

Belaiz has served as a almost without interruption for 16 years and was appointed of the constitutional council for the second time on February 2.

Later that month Algerians took to the streets to rally against Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in polls initially schedule for April.

The demonstrations swelled and spread nationwide, with protesters calling for a broad overhaul of the political system following the president's departure.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 18:10 IST