Algeria declares 3-day national mourning after death of military chief, Gaid Salah

“The deputy defence minister and chief of staff of the army died Monday morning of a heart attack” a presidency statement said.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 19, 2019 Lieutenant general Ahmed Gaid Salah, Algerian armed forces chief, attends the formal presidential swearing-in ceremony in the capital Algiers. – Algeria’s powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah died, state TV said on December 23, 2019. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Algeria’s new president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune has declared three days of national mourning after the death of the country’s powerful army chief, General Gaid Salah on Monday.

Tebboune also appointed land forces commander, General Said Chengriha as interim military chief of staff, local media reported.

State television had on Monday reported that General Salah died of a heart attack at age 79.

Gaid Salah was seen as Algeria’s de facto strongman following the April resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the face of massive protests against his bid for a fifth term, an AFP report said.

The lifelong military man played a key role pushing through December 12 presidential elections for Bouteflika’s replacement, defying a months-long protest movement that has demanded deep-rooted political reforms before any poll.

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“The deputy defence minister and chief of staff of the army died Monday morning of a heart attack,” said the presidency in a statement Monday, read out by a presenter on state news channel Algeria 3.

As chief of Algeria’s military for a record 15 years and a veteran of Algeria’s war for independence, the general was seen as the guardian of the military-dominated system that has been in power since.

When Bouteflika appointed him in 2004 to head the armed forces — the backbone of Algeria’s opaque regime — he became one of the North African country’s most powerful men.

He had supported Bouteflika for years until the president’s February announcement that he would run for re-election sparked unprecedented demonstrations.

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In early April, Gaid Salah called on his boss to resign. Bouteflika quit the same day, leaving the armed forces chief effectively in charge of the North African country.

Gaid Salah defied protesters by pressing on with a presidential vote on December 12. It was won by establishment insider, Abdelmadjid Tebboune who was seen as close to the armed forces chief.

The army chief had categorially rejected the youth-led protest movement’s key demands: deep reforms, the establishment of transitional institutions and the dismantling of the military-dominated regime.


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