Abdelkader Bensalah (Arabic: عبد القـادر بن صالح, born 24 November 1941) is an Algerian politician.
عبد القـادر بن صالح
|Head of State of Algeria |
9 April 2019 – 19 December 2019
|Prime Minister||Noureddine Bedoui|
|Preceded by||Abdelaziz Bouteflika |
|Succeeded by||Abdelmadjid Tebboune |
|President of the Council of the Nation|
2 July 2002 – 9 April 2019
|Preceded by||Bachir Boumaza|
|Succeeded by||Salah Goudjil |
|President of the People's National Assembly|
14 June 1997 – 10 June 2002
|Preceded by||Himself |
(President of the National Transitional Council)
|Succeeded by||Karim Younes|
|Born||24 November 1941|
|Political party||Democratic National Rally (until 2019)|
He served as the President of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Algeria, between 2002 and 2019. As such, he became the Acting Head of State of Algeria in April 2019, following the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has ruled the country for 20 years. Bensalah was set to run Algeria for a period of 90 days during which a new presidential election was to be held. However, he ran the nation longer since the election was delayed until December 2019, when Abdelmadjid Tebboune won the election.
Abdelkader Bensalah was born on 24 November 1941 in Felaoussene, close to Tlemcen, then part of French Algeria. After working in Beirut to direct the Algerian Center for Information and Culture from 1970 to 1974, he returned to Algeria to work as a journalist at the state newspaper El Chaâb for three years, before being elected to represent the province of Tlemcen in 1977. Twelve years later, he was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a position he held until 1993.
Since July 2002, he has served as President of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of parliament. He replaced Abdelaziz Bouteflika for some presidential duties, like welcoming foreign leaders to Algeria, during the last part of the former President's tenure. He was a strong ally of the latter, supporting his fifth candidacy even during the 2019 Algerian protests.
As provided for under article 102 of the Algerian Constitution, he became acting Head of State of Algeria on 9 April 2019, seven days after the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. His term lasted for a maximum of 90 days while the presidential election should have been held. By law, he was barred from participating in that election. On 19 December 2019, he received the National Order of Merit from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
- Grand Master of the National Order of Merit
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| Head of State of Algeria
| President of the Council of the Nation