- Ahmed Ben Bella was president from 1962 to 1965
- He died at his family home in Algiers, state media says
Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria's first president after the country became independent from France in 1962, has died at the age of 96, Algeria's state-run news agency said Wednesday.
He passed away at his family home in Algiers, Algerie Presse Service reported.
He was taken to a military hospital twice more than a month ago, the news service said.
Ben Bella was president until 1965, when he was deposed in a coup by Houari Boumedienne.