Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has submitted his resignation, the state news agency APS reported, following weeks of mass protests against his 20-year rule.
The ailing 82-year-old leader stood down shortly after the army chief of staff demanded immediate action to remove him from office.
“There is no more room to waste time,” APS quoted Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah as saying.
On Monday, Bouteflika, who used a wheelchair, had said he would quit before the end of his term on 28 April.
But a protest leader and opposition parties rejected this as insufficient, while hundreds of students marched through the capital, Algiers, to demand to replacement of a political system widely seen as incapable of significant reform.
Bouteflika has rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013.
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