Algeria's first president buried in Martyrs' Corner

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Algeria's first president buried in Martyrs' Corner

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Algerians have buried Ahmed Ben Bella, the country’s first president who died on Wednesday at the age of 95.

Leading the funeral cortege in heavy rain was current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, along with dignitaries from Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritius.

Ben Bella was buried in the Al-Alia cemetery in Algiers, in Martyrs’ Corner – a spot reserved for those who helped the country win independance from France exactly 50 years ago.

He joins Houari Boumediene, the man who fought alongside him against the French and then forced him out of power and into prison in 1965. Ben Bella spent many years in exile before returning home in 1999.

During the ceremony he was described as a “wise man who played a role in both the war of liberation and in independent Algeria”.