President of the Constitutional Council of Algeria resigns

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Algerian Constitutional Council announced Tuesday in a statement published by state media that the head of the council, Tayeb Belaiz, one of the symbols of the regime that called for the protesters to leave, submitted his resignation to the head of state.

“The Constitutional Council met today (Tuesday), where the head of the Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz, informed the council members that he had submitted to the head of state his resignation,” the statement said.

The Constitutional Council, the highest judicial body in Algeria, is authorized to approve nominations for the July 4 presidential election, which will announce its final results.

Interim President Abdelkader Ben Saleh announced a July 4 presidential election to replace Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned on April 2 after the army abandoned him following mass protests that began on February 22.

El-Tayeb Belaiz, 70, was appointed president of the Constitutional Council on February 10, succeeding Mourad Medelci.

Belaiz became one of the “three innocents” who demand the street not to lead the transitional period as the regime of Bouteflika, who ruled the country for 20 years, with Prime Minister Noureddine Badawi and Head of State Abdelkader Ben Saleh.

He spent nine years (2003-2012) as Minister of Justice and previously served as Chairman of the Constitutional Council between March 2012 and September 2013 when he joined the Government as Minister of the Interior and was appointed Minister of State as Advisor to the President in 2015, Constitutional again.

The Constitutional Council is composed of 12 members, four of them – the President of the Council and the Vice-President – appointed by the President of the Republic, two members elected by the House of Representatives, two members elected by the National Assembly, two Supreme Court and two State Council.

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