Ahmed Ben Bella

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Ben Bella, Ahmed

(äkhmĕd` bĕn bĕl`lä), 1919–2012, Algerian statesman. After World War II he joined the Algerian nationalist movement and soon became a leader of its underground paramilitary faction. He later (1952–56) served as director of the movement. Imprisoned (1956–62) for his activities, he became Algeria's first premier after independence was declared in 1962 and was elected president in 1963. In 1965, Ben Bella's government was toppled in a coup led by Houari BoumedienneBoumedienne, Houari
, 1932?–78, president and prime minister of Algeria (1965–78). While studying in Cairo during the early 1950s he joined a group of expatriate Algerian nationalists that included Ahmed Ben Bella.
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, and he was kept under house arrest until 1980, when he went into exile (1980–90) in Switzerland.
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He accused late President Ahmed Ben Bella of working as an agent under the former commander of Egyptian intelligence, Fathi Al-Deeb.
Amman, April 12 (Petra)--His Majesty King Abdullah II on Thursday sent a cable to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika condoling him over the death of the first president of independent Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella.
Summary: ABU DHABI -- The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a condolence cable to Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflicka on the death of former president Ahmed Ben Bella.
The Panel, under the leadership of former Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella agreed to hold its next meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in February 2011.
This is best illustrated by Ahmed Ben Bella, a revolutionary leader and Algeria's first president, who announced on independence day that Algeria is "Arab, Arab and Arab" to please his supporters, and critics, in the Arab world.
Of which country did Ahmed Ben Bella become president in 1962?
Additional comrades at SPF from the Tricontinental days include Daniel Ortega, Sandinista chief and co-founder of SPF; Shafik Handal, FMLN terrorist group founder and former general secretary of the Communist Party of El Salvador; Leonardo Boff and Frei Betto of Brazil, two of the leading lights of "liberation theology" since the 1960s; Marco Aurelio Garcia, Brazilian Communist and SPF executive secretary; Mario Marulanda Velez, maximum leader of FARC, Colombia's narco-terrorist army; and Ahmed Ben Bella, former Algerian dictator and 1960s leader of the Communist FLN terrorists in Algeria.
Some note the historical frictions, starting from the socialist orientations of Ahmed Ben Bella in the late 1950s to the decision by Houari Boumedienne to cut links with the US during the 1967 Six-Day war.
30pm: Stop the War Coalition rally: Don't Attack Iraq, with Tony Benn, Bianca Jagger, ex-UN weapons inspector Dennis Halliday, former Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella and campaigner John Rees.
In Porto Alegre, Brazil, former leader of Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella warned, "This system, which has driven cows mad, is making people mad, too.
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Indeed, the military coup against Ahmed Ben Bella may have been based in part on his considering some territorial compromise with Morocco in exchange for a cessation of threatened Moroccan attacks.