Algeria: Who is Abdelkader Bensalah, the future head of state?

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Who will succeed President Bouteflika in the case of the application of Article 102 of the Constitution, as suggested by the Deputy Minister of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the PNA, Ahmed Gaid Salah, this Tuesday, March 26 ?

In this case, the second man of the state, the Speaker of the Council of the Nation, Abdelkader Bensalah will be the caremaker. The latter should, according to the text, take the interim of the head of state before organizing a presidential election within 90 days.

Abdelkader Bensalah is the current Speaker of the Council of the Nation since 2002, he was re-elected on January 9, 2013 and January 29, 2019.


The controversy about his origins …

Some politicians claimed that the current Speaker of the Council of the Nation Bensalah can not be the interim president because of his nationality or origin. They claim that he would be of Moroccan origin and would have been naturalized after independence.

A statement was issued in the past by the Speaker at the time of the spread of this rumor for the first time in 2013 stating that he was born in Algeria in a village in the region of Tlemcen, on the border with Morocco.

“Look for my origins and my roots and you will find them in the depths of Jebel Fellaoucene, in Tlemcen, where my parents and my ancestors were born, where I was born too, where they grew up, lived and died. (…) If you want to know who I am, go to the village of Mahrez, daïra Fellaoucène, open the registers of the civil status of the town and ask anyone, “he had, then, explained.


Bio-express

Since 2002:Speaker of the Council of the Nation.
November 30, 2004: elected in plenary session President of the African Parliamentary Union.
From 1997 to 2002: President of the Algerian People’s National Assembly.
From 1994 to 1997: President of the National Transition Council.
From 1993 to 1994: Member and spokesperson of the National Dialogue Commission.
From 1993 to 1993: Director of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1989 to 1993: Algerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
From 1977 to 1989: elected deputy of the province of Tlemcen.
-From 1974 to 1977: Manager General of the Arabic-language newspaper El Chaab.
From 1970 to 1974: Director of the Algerian Center for Information and Culture in Beirut (Lebanon).

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