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Algeria army chief asks for presidency to be vacated after weeks of protests

Algeria's powerful army chief has asked for the country's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit for office following weeks of mass protests against his rule.General Ahmed Gaed Salah, the army's chief of staff, said Tuesday in remarks carried by Algerian television that the solution to the country's political crisis was to apply Article 102 of the constitution, under which the president could be declared unable to perform his duties due to serious illness.

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