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Algerian Parliament to make president's resignation official

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A demonstrator holds a sign referring to the three B's, Abdelkader Bensalah, Tayeb Belaiz et Noureddine Bedoui, interim rulers they want removed from their posts, during a rally in Algiers, Friday April 5, 2019. Thousands of Algerians are chanting, singing and cheering after their movement forced out longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika - and demanding that other top figures leave too. Crowds massed Friday in Algiers boulevards and headed toward the central post office, symbol of the movement that has upended this energy-rich North African country. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Both houses of Algeria's Parliament are meeting next week to take official note of the country not having a leader after the resignation under pressure of its president.

A senator from former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's FLN party, Abdelouahab Benzaim, says the two houses plan to meet on Tuesday.

If the president's office is vacated, the Algerian Constitution calls for the head of the upper house to serve as leader for a maximum of 90 days before an election.

Bouteflika stepped down after two decades on April 2 after a pro-democracy protest movement won the army's backing.

A Bouteflika appointee, Abdelkader Bensalah, is the leader of parliament's upper chamber. The protesters are calling for him and others who make up the top of the country's power hierarchy to leave, too.

FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Algerian Senate Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah attends the opening session of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia. Algeria's Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the Constitutional Council confirms the leader's absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)
In this image from state TV broadcaster ENTV, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in wheelchair, centre, presents his resignation to president of Constitutional Council Tayeb Belaiz, right, with Abdelkader Bensalah, Algerian upper house speaker looking on, during a meeting Tuesday April 2, 2019.  Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in office, following six weeks of massive nationwide public protests aimed at pushing him and his much-criticized inner circle from power in the gas-rich nation. (ENTV via AP)
A demonstrator holds a sign referring to the three B's, Abdelkader Bensalah, Tayeb Belaiz et Noureddine Bedoui, interim rulers they want removed from their posts, during a rally in Algiers, Friday April 5, 2019. Thousands of Algerians are chanting, singing and cheering after their movement forced out longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika - and demanding that other top figures leave too. Crowds massed Friday in Algiers boulevards and headed toward the central post office, symbol of the movement that has upended this energy-rich North African country. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)
A demonstrator holds a sign referring to the three B's, Abdelkader Bensalah, Tayeb Belaiz et Noureddine Bedoui, interim rulers they want removed from their posts, during a rally in Algiers, Friday April 5, 2019. Thousands of Algerians are chanting, singing and cheering after their movement forced out longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika - and demanding that other top figures leave too. Crowds massed Friday in Algiers boulevards and headed toward the central post office, symbol of the movement that has upended this energy-rich North African country. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Algerian Senate Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah attends the opening session of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia. Algeria's Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the Constitutional Council confirms the leader's absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Algerian Senate Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah attends the opening session of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia. Algeria's Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the Constitutional Council confirms the leader's absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized. (Fethi Belaid/ Pool photo via AP, File)
In this image from state TV broadcaster ENTV, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in wheelchair, centre, presents his resignation to president of Constitutional Council Tayeb Belaiz, right, with Abdelkader Bensalah, Algerian upper house speaker looking on, during a meeting Tuesday April 2, 2019.  Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in office, following six weeks of massive nationwide public protests aimed at pushing him and his much-criticized inner circle from power in the gas-rich nation. (ENTV via AP)
In this image from state TV broadcaster ENTV, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in wheelchair, centre, presents his resignation to president of Constitutional Council Tayeb Belaiz, right, with Abdelkader Bensalah, Algerian upper house speaker looking on, during a meeting Tuesday April 2, 2019. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on Tuesday after 20 years in office, following six weeks of massive nationwide public protests aimed at pushing him and his much-criticized inner circle from power in the gas-rich nation. (ENTV via AP)