The death of Salah in Algeria
In Algeria, Ahmed Gaid Salah, the 80-year-old head of the Algerian armed forces and a veteran of the Algerian war of independence, died of a heart attack. Formerly a supporter of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, he opposed his nomination for a fifth term during major protests.
After Bouteflika resigned in April, Salah de facto served as Algerian leader, was actively involved in preparations for the December elections and supported the candidacy of the man who did win the presidential elections.
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