Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah,
President of the Council of the Nation
Born on November 24th 1941 at Fellaoucene (Wilaya of Tlemcen)
Holds a bachelor's degree in Law
1967 : Journalist at the daily "El Chaab"
1968 / 1974 : Correspondent of El Moudjahid
(weekly) and El Djoumhouria (daily) in the
Middle East. While being a correspondent, he has participated
with his writings in many newspapers and magazines in
1970 / 1974 : Director of the Algerian Center of Information
and Culture (A.C.I.C.) in Beyrouth where he founded the
review titled "Akhbar oua Wathaek"
(News and Documents).
1974 / 1977 : General Manager of the daily "El
1977 : Elected deputy at the National People's Assembly
1982 / 1991 : Reelected for the two successive terms,
during which he held the position of Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs Commission of the Assembly.
1989 / 1993 : Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
and to the Islamic Conference Organization (Jeddah).
1993 : Director of Information and Spokesman of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
October 1993 : Member of the National Dialogue Commission
which restored the dialogue among the different political
forces and resulted in the convening of the Conference
of national understanding in February 1994 which adopted
the platform of national understanding and mandated the
setting up of transitional institutions.
May 1994 : Elected President of the National Council of
Transition, the transitional legislative institution.
He held that office until 1977.
February 1997 : Mr. Abdelkader BENSALAH founded the National
Democratic Rally party of which he has been elected President.
June 5th 1997 : He led his party to the legislative elections
and was elected deputy of Oran.
June 14th 1997 : Elected Speaker of the National People's
Assembly. In this capacity, he played a prominent role
in the domestic as well as in the Arab, Africa and international
He was elected President of the Arab Parliamentary
Union at its ninth Conference held in February 2000.
Mr. Abdelkader BENSALAH took part in the
revolution within the National Liberation Army and was
awarded the National Liberation Army medal and the order
of National Merit.
He is married and has 4 children.