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Algerian army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah dies - Ennahar TV

This as the country has been riven by mass protests since February demanding a wholesale change in the ruling elite, including that the army steps back from politics.

FILE: In this file photo taken on 19 December 2019 Lieutenant general Ahmed Gaid Salah, Algerian armed forces chief, attends the formal presidential swearing-in ceremony in the capital Algiers. Picture: AFP.

ALGIERS - Algeria’s powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah has died, the private Ennahar television reported on Monday, at a time of bitter political divisions over the military’s dominant role in the major energy exporter.

Africa’s largest country has been riven by mass protests since February demanding a wholesale change in the ruling elite, including that the army steps back from politics.

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