A former interim president of Algeria who led the country through an unprecedented political crisis in 2019 passed away on Wednesday. Bensalah was 80-years-old.
Bensalah was appointed interim president after former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April 2019, following mass street protests against his plan to seek a fifth term and demanding political and economic reforms.
He died on Friday at the age of 84. Bouteflika, who was in power for two decades, was famous for corruption cases during his era, and protest continue despite the imprisonment of several senior officials for involvement in corruption cases during Bouteflika’s era.
Besides being head of parliament, Bensalah served as president until Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected to the office in December 2019.