The Africa Report: 10 June

EWN's Africa correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Algeria.

SPECULATION ON BOUTEFLIKA'S CONTINUES

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been undergoing treatment in Paris following a mild stroke in April.

Speculation regarding the president's health has been circulating, with rumours of serious illness and predictions of Bouteflika being on his deathbed doing the rounds.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has denied the rumours and expressed astonishment at the distrust citizens have conveyed regarding official statements.

Algerian academics, civil society groups and politicians have called for the implementation of a constitutional article that will relieve Bouteflika of his duties in office.

However, Sellal continues denying that the health of the 76-year-old president is worsening, saying that government has nothing to hide, thus urging the public to trust official statements.

LIBYA'S ARMY CHIEF RESIGNS

Following a clash in Benghazi that has left 31 people dead, the Libyan army chief has resigned.

On Sunday, Major General Youssef al-Mangoush resigned following, what he termed, an unusually high death toll from the clashes between militia and protestors.

Al-Mangoush's military counterparts claimed he wasn't much of a chief to begin with, accusing him of corruption and having failed to exert authority over the militia.

Protestors had stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield Force, a grouping of militia that have, since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, acted as a complement to the country's army.

The protestors called for the total disbanding of Libya Shield and for them to submit to the authority of Libya's official security forces.

Although the Libyan army have claimed to be moving into the role previously fulfilled by Libya Shield, there has been no official talk of disbandment.

SUDAN CLOSES PIPELINES TO PUNISH SOUTH SUDAN

Proving to be Africa's yo-yo, Sudan has severed economic and security ties with South Sudan as a result of the South backing rebel forces.

President Omar al-Bashir ordered the stoppage of oil through its pipelines to South Sudan less than two months after the Sudanese nations struck a deal in April.

The South Sudanese, who became Africa's youngest nation in 2011, have been accused of supporting rebel forces that are infiltrating Sudanese territory.

The Sudanese Revolutionary Front is an umbrella rebel group made up of factions opposed to al-Bashir's incumbency.

The production of oil, which is essential for the survival of both economies, was stopped in 2012 and resumed in April this year.