His appointment as interim leader by parliament on Tuesday triggered new demonstrations. Bensalah is seen by many as a Bouteflika loyalist.
Algeria's war of information: The Algerian MOD issued an immediate denial after a document from a source at the presidents office said that the army chief had been fired.
Algeria's President Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday following months of nationwide protests.
Algeria's president appoints caretaker government amid turmoil
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in Algiers in biggest demonstration yet, say witnesses.
Army chief of staff, head of the employers' union, a workers' union, and a coalition government — these are the key players in Bouteflika's political regime.
Bouteflika's own party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), joins the army's chief of staff and the National Rally for Democracy party's call for the ailing president to resign.
Hundreds of thousands of Algerians took to the streets of Algiers again on Friday to rally against their ailing 82 year old president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Algeria's capital on Friday in the biggest protest yet to call on 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to step down after two decades in power
"He has given in on the presidential (election) but not on power," independent newspaper El Watan wrote in an editorial titled "Bouteflika's last trick".
President Bouteflika arrives back in Algiers amid protests
Algeria's presidential plane landed at a military airport south west of Algiers on Sunday afternoon after leaving Geneva earlier in the day. It is not clear if Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was on board.
Some of the museum's artifacts were looted - the culture ministry said criminals and not the protesters were to blame.
The Higher Education Ministry's decision came a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators packed central Algiers.
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Bouteflika's decision to run for a fifth term in office has sparked widespread protests in the North African country.
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika responded to recent mass protests against his leadership with a list of commitments, including a promise to stand down after the country's next election
All candidates in the Algerian presidential election must submit their candidacy papers in person, Abdelwahab Derbal, the head of the election commission said on Sunday.
The largest anti-government protest for eight years sees 45 people arrested. Algerian's urge President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.
Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets in protest another Abdelaziz Bouteflika presidential bid. The ailing, 81-year-old president recently announced he will seek a fifth five-year term but remains under care at a Swiss hospital.