Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ahmed Ouyahia

Ahmed Ouyahia (Arabic: أحمد أويحيى‎) (born July 2, 1952) is an Algerian politician who has been Prime Minister of Algeria since June 2008. He was previously Prime Minister from 1995 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2006. A career diplomat, he also served as Minister of Justice, and was one of the founders and a president of the RND party. He is considered by Western observers to be close to the military of Algeria and a member of the "eradicator" faction in the 1990s civil war against Islamist militants.

Early Life
Ouyahia was born in the village of Bouadnane in Tizi Ouzou Province in the Kabylia region of Algeria. Following a primary education starting in Algiers in the academic year 1958/1959 and ending in the academic year 1964/1965, Ouyahia followed a secondary education at the Lycee El Idrissi (El Idrissi High School) in Algiers starting from the academic year 1965/1966. Ouyahia obtained his diploma of Baccalauréat ès-lettres in 1972.

In 1972, Ahmed Ouyahia joined the entry examination for the "Ecole Nationale d'Administration" of Algiers. Having scored among the top three applicants, along with Ahmed Attaf, Ouyahia joined the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and specialised in Diplomacy. He graduated in 1976 and did his military service from 1976 to 1978, at the El Mouradia compound of the Algerian Presidency where he was a member of the press relations team.

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