First President of Independent Algeria Dies at 96

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Former Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria's first president after the country became independent from France in 1962, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the age of 96, according to Algeria's state-run Algerie Presse Service.

Ben Bella passed away at the home of his family in Algiers, the capital city, after he was taken to a military hospital twice more than a month ago.

Ben Bella was a man of pan-Arabist ideology. He was president of Algeria until 1965, when he was overthrown in a military coup by the head of his army Houari Boumediene.

The late president remained under house arrest until 1980, and after his release he went to France and then moved to Switzerland in self-exile. He returned home in 1990.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 11, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of late Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella at the Arab League in Cairo (December 26, 2004)
2. Various shots of Ben Bella and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa after the Arab League conference (December 26, 2004)
3. Various shots of Ben Bella speaking to reporters at the Arab League (December 26, 2004)
4. Various shots of Ben Bella in Libya participating in honoring Egypt's late Pope Shenouda III and handing him Gaddafi's Prize for Human Rights (October 2003)

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