Ahmed Ben Bella

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Ahmed Ben Bella

Ahmed Ben Bella (25 December 1918[1] – 11 April 2012) was an Algerian soldier. He was the first President of Algeria from 1963 to 1965.

He was born in Maghnia, Algeria. He was a Sunni Islam. Ben Bella joined the French Army in 1936.

He went to prison for forming a group to fight French rule. He escaped and went to Tunisia. He was arrested again in 1956 and got out of prison in 1962.

He became President in 1963. In 1965, Houari Boumédiènne made him stop being Presindent. He was under house arrest until 1980. He was allowed to live in Switzerland. He lived for 10 years in Lausanne. In 1990 he was able to return to Algeria.

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  1. Shown as 1916 in some sources, but his father changed his year of birth from 1918 to enable him to leave school early and help him on his farm [1]