Salah served as a de facto leader of Algeria during the protests which started in February 2019 and led to the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Algeria’s Powerful Army Chief Ahmed Gaid Salah Dies at 79
Algeria's army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah presiding a military parade in Algiers in July 1, 2018. Photo credit: Associated Press / Anis Belghoul