Algerian army chief Ahmed Gaed Salah dies – Ennahar TV

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Pro-government supporters carry a banner depicting Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah during a demonstration rejecting foreign interference and in favour of a coming presidential election in Algiers, Algeria, on November 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s powerful army chief Ahmed Gaed Salah has died, the private Ennahar television reported on Monday, at a time of bitter political divisions over the military’s dominant role in the major energy exporter.

Africa’s largest country has been riven by mass protests since February demanding a wholesale change in the ruling elite, including that the army step back from politics.

Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Alison Williams

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