Ali Kafi

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Ali Kafi
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Chairman of the High Council of State
In office
2 July 1992 – 31 January 1994
Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali
Belaid Abdessalam
Redha Malek
Preceded by Mohamed Boudiaf
Succeeded by Liamine Zéroual (as Head of State)
Personal details
Born (1928-10-07)7 October 1928
El Harrouch, Algeria
Died 16 April 2013(2013-04-16) (aged 84)
Geneva, Switzerland
Political party FLN
Military service
Allegiance Algeria
Service/branch Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN)
People's National Army (PNP)
Years of service ALN 1954-1962
PNP 1962-?
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Algerian War

Ali Hussain Kafi (Arabic: علي حسين كافي‎‎; ALA-LC: ʿAlī Ḥusain Kāfī; 7 October 1928 – 16 April 2013) was an Algerian politician who was Chairman of the High Council of State and acting President from 1992 to 1994.

Early life

Kafi was born in El Harrouch in 1928.[1]


Kafi was one of the major figures of the Algerian underground forces that fought for independence from France from 1954 to 1962.[1] At that time he was promoted to the rank of colonel.[1] Kafi was the Algerian ambassador to several countries, including Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Italy.[2]

He served as the chairman of the High Council of State (a military-backed collective presidency) of Algeria from 2 July 1992 to 31 January 1994.[3] He was selected as chairman after the assassination of Muhammad Boudiaf.[2]

The Council of State was intended as a transitional government. In 1992, he promised a referendum that eventually never took place.

Death and burial

Kafi died at the age of 84 on 16 April 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.[1] His body was buried at El-Alia cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ali Kafi, former Algerian leader, dies at 84". Los Angeles Times. AP. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ali Kafi, Algeria head of state during civil war, dies". The Daily Star. Algiers. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Who's Who in the Arab World, 1997-1998". Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohamed Boudiaf
Chairman of the High Council of State
Succeeded by
Liamine Zéroual
as Head of State
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