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Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Has Officially Stepped Down

His resignation comes after weeks of mass anti-government protests.

After weeks of anti-government protests, Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has agreed to step down.

The ailing leader, who has been in office for 20 years, announced on Monday that he would be leaving office by the end of the month.

Protests began last month after the leader announced his plans to run for a fifth term in office. Since, support from within his administration has also declined significantly, with the army chief of staff declaring him unfit to rule last week, as reported in the New York Times.

Earlier this month, he abandoned plans to seek a fifth term in response to public outcry, and announced a major "restructuring" of the government, but notified the Constitutional Council of his official resignation on Tuesday.


"There will be no fifth term," Bouteflika was quoted as saying in a statement at the time. "There was never any question of it for me. Given my state of health and age, my last duty towards the Algerian people was always contributing to the foundation of a new Republic."

While demonstrators had been calling for Bouteflika to step down, his initial announcement appeared haphazard to some, who demanded that he step down immediately. Young protestors also who are also pushing for a complete change in the country's governmental system.

Bouteflika's health has been deteriorating since suffering a stroke in 2013. He has not addressed the country publicly since.

Folks have been responding, mostly favorably to the news online. Though many are unsure of how the transference to new leadership will proceed.








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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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