Algeria: secret service chief resigns - media

Tartag, close to Bouteflika, has stepped down

05 April, 14:15

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, APRIL 5 - The head of the Algerian secret intelligence service, General Athmane Tartag, has resigned, Algerian media including television Ennahar and the website Tsa reported on Friday, quoting their sources.

    ''General Athmane Tartag has been removed from his functions as head of the Algerian intelligence service'', wrote the broadcaster in a tweet. The website Tsa added that the official, ''called Bachir'', ''has presented his resignation on Tuesday'' and has been in office since 2015.

    The resignation comes after a month and a half of protests and pressures by the military on Tuesday led to the fall of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, with the perspective of an interim institutional presidency to reach elections in just over three months. Tartag was the head of the ''Dss'' (formerly Drs), reported Tsa, implicitly referring to the ''Department of surveillance and security'', known as the ''Direction of security services''.

    The member of the military presented his resignation to Bouteflika ''who accepted them'', said Tsa. The decree was signed yesterday by Bouteflika, reported the website Algerie360, recalling that the former head of State can still sign presidential decrees as parliament has not yet convened to appoint a new interim president. (ANSAmed).

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