Rabah Bitat

Rabah Bitat (Arabic: رابح بيطاط‎‎; ALA-LC: Rābaḥ Bīṭāṭ; 19 December 1925 in Aïn Kerma – 10 April 2000) was an Algerian politician.

Rabah Bitat
رابح بيطاط
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President of Algeria
In office
27 December 1978 – 9 February 1979
Preceded byHouari Boumediene
Succeeded byChadli Bendjedid
Personal details
Born(1925-12-19)19 December 1925
Aïn Kerma Constantine, Algeria[1] , Algeria
Died10 April 2000(2000-04-10) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Political partyFLN
Spouse(s)Zohra Drif (1962–2000)


Bitat was appointed as Vice President of Algeria in the cabinet of Ahmed Ben Bella from September 1962 to September 1963.[2] Bitat served as President of the People's National Assembly from April 1977 to October 1990 and was the interim President of Algeria from 27 December 1978 to 9 February 1979.[3] He became president after the death of Houari Boumédiènne and was replaced by Chadli Bendjedid. He was from the Front de Libération National.[3]

Bitat first supported, then opposed, Ahmed Ben Bella. He held the transportation portfolio under Houari Boumédienne before becoming the first president of the ANP (by the constitution of 1976). Bitat served as acting president (December 1978 – February 1979) after Boumédienne's death in December 1978.[4]


Bitat died in Paris on 10 April 2000.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He is survived by his wife Zohra Drif, a member of the Council of the Nation.[6]


  1. ^ "One of the founders of Algerian independence". theguardian. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Ottaway, Professor Marina; Ottaway, David; Ottaway, Marina (15 December 1970). "Algeria: The Politics of a Socialist Revolution". University of California Press – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Bitat, Rabah". Rulers. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Rabah Bitat". Answers. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ Johnson, Douglas (24 April 2000). "Rabah Bitat". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Zohra Drif appelle à un grand débat national", El Annabi, 8 February 2011, retrieved 23 February 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Houari Boumediene
President of Algeria

Succeeded by
Chadli Bendjedid