Algeria buries first president Ben Bella

2012-04-13 22:26

kalahari.com

  • Algeria
    Berber, Arab, Islamic, and European values mix and sometimes clash as Algeria struggles for peace Now R419.00
    buy now
Algiers - Algeria buried its first post-independence president Ahmed Ben Bella, hailed as an anti-colonial hero and the father of the nation, in a sombre and rain-drenched ceremony on Friday.

Ben Bella, who died on Wednesday, at age 95, following a recent hospital stay for respiratory problems, was laid to rest in the Martyrs' plot in Algiers' El Alia cemetery, alongside other independence fighters.

Military officers carried the wooden coffin, which was decorated with flowers, to the beat of drums, after members of the public had paid their final respects to the former leader for 24 hours.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika attended the ceremony, which followed Friday prayers, as did Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, Morocco's Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and other regional leaders.

"Algeria is not the only one who has suffered a loss," said Marzouki on Algerian television. "The Greater Maghreb has also suffered a loss, and so has the Arab world. He was a symbol of the Third World."

Morocco's Benkirane called Ben Bella "a symbol of the fight against colonialism".

Other north African leaders who paid their final respects included Mauritanian Prime Minister Moulay Oulad Mohamed El Aghdas and Mohamed Abdelaziz, secretary general of the Western Sahara Polisario Front.

Ben Bella, a charismatic hero of Algeria's struggle for independence from France, was president from 1963 to 1965, when he was overthrown by his defence minister, Houari Boumediene, a close ally of Bouteflika.

His military experience began when he joined a colonial unit of the French army and served in World War II.

He was decorated for shooting down a German plane over the French Mediterranean port of Marseille and for his service in the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944.

After the war, Ben Bella became a leading member of the Special Organisation, founded to prepare for an anti-colonial uprising.

He was arrested after taking part in a robbery to obtain funds, escaped to Cairo, then was arrested again in 1956. He spent the rest of the war in prison. In all Ben Bella spent 24 years in French and Algerian prisons.

France granted Algeria independence in 1962 - half a century ago - and freed Ben Bella, who became the new nation's first president a year later.
Read more on:    algeria  |  north africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Kuils River 17:58 PM
Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound

ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - expect delays

Montague Gardens 12:06 PM
Road name: Montague Drive

ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - DELAYS towards Bosmansdam Road

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Jan 21 - Feb 18
Jan 21 - Feb 18

You may be inspired to do things that expand your mind in a big way today. You have a need to explore and a need to please....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.