Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
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1929 – He was born on the 14th of April at Bouteldja, near Annaba)
– He was reported to have served in the French Army as a junior officer before defecting to the National Liberation Front (FLN) at the beginning of the Algerian War of Independence.
1964-1969 – He rose through the ranks, becoming head of the 2nd military region and Colonel.
1978-1979 – He was minister of defense from November to February and became president following the death of Houari Boumédiènne.
– Bendjedid then called for and began to implement a transition towards multi-party democracy.