The former official resigned moments after Bouteflika submitted his resignation amid mass protests.
Rabat – Algerian authorities summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, a loyalist to former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Ouyahia is being investigated for alleged “dissipation of public money” and “illegal privilege.”
In addition to Ouyahia, an Algerian court also summoned current Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal.
The investigations are being held amid mass protests against the current government and elites, who governed the country during Bouteflika’s rule.
Friday, April 19 marked the ninth week of protests, which started on February 22. The protests led to the resignation of several senior officials, including the former president of the Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz.
Protesters are now calling on Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to leave as they are demanding radical change in the system.
Facing pressure due to continuous protests, army chief Gaid Salah called on protesters to remain patient and to refrain from chanting “unrealistic” slogans before the coming election, which will take place on July 4.
He said that time is “running out” to end the escalating crisis in the country before elections.
Salah asserted that “all options are open in the pursuit of overcoming the different difficulties” to end the crisis “as soon as possible.”