March 28, 2019 / 6:17 PM / 8 months ago

Top backer of Algeria's Bouteflika resigns as business forum head

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Leading Algerian businessman Ali Haddad, a backer of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resigned as head of the country’s FCE business forum, the website of Ennahar TV said on Thursday.

The website quoted Haddad as saying in a resignation letter dated on March 28 he had “decided, in my conscience and without constraint, to leave the chairmanship of the Business Leaders Forum from now on.”

He described himself as “anxious to preserve the coherence and especially the sustainability of our organization.”

The resignation is another blow to Bouteflika’s shrinking inner circle. Bouteflika is under huge pressure to resign after the army called for his removal and allies deserted him.

Reporting by Lamine Chikhi, writing by Hesham Hajali, Editing by William Maclean

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