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