Algeria's interim leadership has taken the first step toward naming a successor to the late President, Houari Boumedienne who died last week leaving no obvious successor.
Algeria's interim leadership has taken the first step toward naming a successor to the late President, Houari Boumedienne who died last week leaving no obvious successor. The Council of Revolution chaired by Acting President, Rabah Bitat, said it had decided to call a Congress of the country's sole political party, the National Liberation Front, within the time-span provided by the Constitution.
SYNOPSIS: Meanwhile thousands of Algerians continue to pay their respects to the dead President who was buried in El Alia cemetery on Friday the 29th of December. President Boumedienne who was Algeria's second President since independence in 1962, was buried in the hero's section of the cemetery. Entombed nearby are those he fought alongside in the war of independence from France. Close to his tomb is that of Emir Abu El Kadr who for most Algerians has symbolised their bitter resistance to the French who conquered the land in the 1840's.
There has been much public display of grief, and the city of Algiers - normally noisy - is hushed. There is reported to be some disquiet at what sort of government will follow President Boumedienne who died of a rare blood ailment. He was a strong ruler who forged a nation from quarrelling factions.
For some, their grief was overpowering. It is not only Algerians who are waiting with concern to see which way the country will go. Following the overthrow of Algeria's first President Ahmed Ben Bella in 1965, President Boumedienne was regarded as one of the most respected leaders of the Third World.