Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika led tributes to former president Chadli Benjedid on Sunday after he died at the age of 83 following a long illness.
His coffin draped with the national flag was carried into the People’s Palace in Algiers by members of the Algerian Republican guard and eight days of national mourning have been announced.
Benjedid was a veteran of Algeria’s war against French colonial rule in the 1950s. He served as president from 1979 to 1992 and played a key role in Arab League efforts to prevent the 1990 Gulf War.
He was forced out of office in 1992 in a military coup, following the election which the Islamist won.