The 82-year-old submits his resignation in the wake of weeks of protests, state media report.
Algerian President Abdelaziz BouteflikaImage copyrightAFP/Getty
Image caption President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led Algeria since 1999

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is resigning after weeks of mass protests, state media report.

Mr Bouteflika, who had been in power for 20 years, had already dropped plans to seek a fifth term as opposition to his rule grew.

The powerful Algerian army had called for the 82-year-old to be declared incapable of carrying out his duties.

The ailing leader suffered a stroke six years ago and has rarely appeared in public since.

State TV reported that he had officially notified the Constitutional Council that he would end his term as president from Tuesday.