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Algeria: Joy in the streets, caution about the future, after Bouteflika’s resignation

Algiers / Horns bellowed from vehicles decorated with national flags, and shouts of joy flooded the streets of Algeria on Wednesday, just minutes after the news of the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika spread.


In Algiers, the Grand Post and Audin squares, the centers of the protests that had demanded the resignation of the president since Feb. 22, became filled with vehicles and families who were delighted by what they consider a historic victory, but they remain cautious about the future.

An announcement they said they had been waiting for since 2013, after an acute stroke left the 82-year-old president prostrate in a wheelchair, unable to travel or speak to his people, and hardly be seen in public.

“I hope this really means change, because if the resignation doesn’t bring change at the government level or if they bring in someone else who will run the country in the same way it means we don’t move forward,” Louisa, a mother of three children, told EFE.

More prudent was Taleb Zohir, an official in a state company, for whom Bouteflika‘s resignation on Tuesday is nothing more than an incomplete triumph, because in his opinion the most important thing is what is going to happen in the next few days.

“It is a partial victory. There are still many people who must leave power. If Bouteflika is still alive, I wish him a good recovery. It’s not his fault, it’s his environment who used him for personal purposes,” Taleb said.

Bouteflika is a politician who we have always appreciated. He pulled our country out of the crisis, but this mafia, which was even in the army, are the criminals who have been running this country,” he added.

The president, who had been in power since 1999, resigned from the presidency on Tuesday after six weeks of massive protests in the streets of Algeria and in the middle of a struggle between the head of the army, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, and the circle that protected and managed the sick president.

Should the Constitutional Council, as expected, accept the resignation, a complex and unprecedented transition period will be opened in Algeria under the tutelage of the President of the Senate, Abdelkader Bensalah, and managed by the former Minister of the Interior, Noureddine Bedoui, who was confirmed on Tuesday as Prime Minister.

The president’s resignation came barely 24 hours after the publication of a presidential statement announcing that Bouteflika, 82 years old and seriously ill since 2013, would resign before Apr. 28, the date on which his mandate expired.

The key to the resignation is General Gaid Salah, who in recent days has pressed for the application of Article 102 of the Constitution, which allows the disqualification of the president for health reasons and denouncing a conspiracy of what he called “extra-constitutional forces,” which he didn’t identify.

Hours after the resignation, Algerian state television showed images in which Bouteflika, visibly weakened and informally dressed in a white tunic (Kamis), handed his resignation to the president of the Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz.

The images were the first showing the ailing president since he returned to the country on Mar. 11 after spending 15 days in a Swiss hospital.

Since then, millions of Algerians have demonstrated every Friday to ask for his resignation. ( April, 3, 2019  EFE/PracticaEspañol) 

 

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It's said in the text that... (En el texto se dice que...)
A
el Consejo Constitucional pidió a Bouteflika que renuncie a la presidencia.
B
el presidente de Argelia presentó su dimisión.
C
el presidente de Argelia se niega a abandonar el poder.
Question 2
According to the text, the resignation of Bouteflika... (Según el texto, la renuncia de Bouteflika...)
A
causó masivas protestas.
B
causó sorpresa.
C
no sorprendió a nadie.
Question 3
It's said in the text that... (En el texto se dice que...)  
A
ha comenzado el periodo de transición en Argelia.
B
se desmiente que vaya a haber un Gobierno de transición en Argelia.
C
el Parlamento evita que se abra un periodo de transición en Argelia.
Question 4
It's said in the text that... (En el texto se dice que...)
A
Bouteflika tiene que convocar nuevas nuevas elecciones.
B
el líder del Senado tiene 3 meses para convocar elecciones.
C
ya se han convocado elecciones en Argelia.
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'Renuncia' is... ('Renuncia' es...)  
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permanencia.
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el acto de dejar un cargo de forma voluntaria.
C
sustitución.
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'2 décadas' is the same thing that... ('Dos décadas' es lo mismo que...)        
A
10 años.
B
20 años.
C
50 años.
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imperativo del verbo poner.
B
presente del indicativo del verbo poner.
C
presente del subjuntivo del verbo poner.
Question 4
'Atemperar'  means... ('Atemperar' es...)    
A
evitar.
B
moderar.
C
agitar.
Question 5
The determined article for 'movilización' is: (El artículo determinado para 'movilización' es:)
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la
B
lo
C
el
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