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Former Algerian President Abdelkader Bensalah died on Wednesday morning after a long battle with the disease. He was 80 years old.

The National Assembly (the second chamber of the Algerian Parliament) paid tribute to its former president, on its official Facebook page.

“We are saddened by the death (…) of the former President of the State and President of the National Assembly, the Mujahedin Abdelkader Bensalah, who died this morning, Wednesday September 22, 2021”, indicated the Assembled in a press release,

In early April 2019, Bensalah assumed the temporary presidency (in application of article 102 of the Constitution), after the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, under pressure from a popular movement.

This article provides that the president of the assembly temporarily assumes the presidency of the country for a period of 90 days, during which presidential elections are held for which he cannot stand as a candidate.

On December 19, Bensalah therefore gave way to his successor, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, winner of the presidential elections on December 12.

After the transfer of power to Tebboune, it was expected that Bensalah would resume the presidency of the National Assembly, of which he has been the president since 2002 (the president of the Assembly is considered the second personality of the state).

But the presidency then announced that Bensalah had decided to resign his post and retire from politics, while sources said his health had deteriorated.

Bensalah’s death comes just days after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed away at the age of 84.

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