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 MinisterSid Ahmed Ghozali
Belaid Abdessalam
Redha Malek
Preceded byMohamed Boudiaf
Succeeded byLiamine Zéroual (as Head of State)
Personal details
Born(1928-10-07)7 October 1928
El Harrouch, Algeria
Died16 April 2013(2013-04-16) (aged 84)
Geneva, Switzerland
Political partyFLN
Military service
Branch/serviceArmée de Libération Nationale (ALN)
People's National Army (PNP)
Years of serviceALN 1954-1962
PNP 1962-?
Battles/warsAlgerian 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 8 June 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohamed Boudiaf
Chairman of the High Council of State
Succeeded by
Liamine Zéroual
as Head of State