Former Algerian president dies at 96

Ahmed Ben Bella served as president of Algeria from its independence in 1962 until he was deposed in a coup in 1965.

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  • Ahmed Ben Bella was president from 1962 to 1965
  • He died at his family home in Algiers, state media says

Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria's first president after the country became independent from France in 1962, has died at the age of 96, Algeria's state-run news agency said Wednesday.

He passed away at his family home in Algiers, Algerie Presse Service reported.

He was taken to a military hospital twice more than a month ago, the news service said.

Ben Bella was president until 1965, when he was deposed in a coup by Houari Boumedienne.

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