Algeria’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika seems to be running out of options to hold on to power after a member of his ruling party called him “history now”.
On Friday thousands of Algerians once again poured unto the streets in major cities demanding Bouteflika’s immediate resignation.
Despite dropping the idea of seeking a fifth term in this year’s presidential election, Algerians want Bouteflika out quickly.
A new Prime Minister Noueddine Bedoui has been appointed and he has promised to form a more inclusive government.
But that promise doesn’t seem to be what Algerians many of whom are young want. Instead they want Bouteflika gone.
On Friday, a senior party figure, Hocine Kheldoun said in an interview that the Algerian President was “history now”.
Reuters reports that another former minister of Algeria who wants to remain anonymous commented saying “Game over. Bouteflika has no choice but to quit now.”
Bouteflika who is 82 years has been confined to the wheel chair for years and continues to receive medical treatment.
He returned home on Sunday from Switzerland hoping to push through his desire to seek re-election only to give that up amid protests.
Bouteflika reportedly suffered stroke in 2013 and hardly makes public appearances. He has been in power for 20 years now.