Fatiha Boudiaf

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Fatiha Boudiaf
Fatiha Boudiaf
Born (1944-11-28) November 28, 1944 (age 77)
SpouseMohamed Boudiaf

Fatiha Boudiaf (November 28, 1944 in Oran) is an Algerian activist, widow and second wife of former Algerian President Mohamed Boudiaf. After his assassination in 1992, she set up the Boudiaf Foundation to spread her husband's message of peace. She has been an outspoken critic of the conviction of Lambarek Boumaarafi, saying that a larger conspiracy was involved in the death of her ex-husband and has demanded that the investigation is reopened.

Death of Mohamed Boudiaf[edit]

Boudiaf was the second wife of the Algerian President Mohamed Boudiaf.[1] She has denounced the official investigation of her husband's assassination, suggesting that it was not the work of a lone fanatic but part of a greater plot. She has attempted to visit Lambarek Boumaarafi, the man who was convicted of the murder of her husband, while he is in prison, but this request has been refused by the authorities.[2]

She has theorised that the person who killed her husband hid under the table in front of him at the time and is yet to be arrested.[2] In 2016, she accused four former senior army officers of the murder of her husband, and sent an open letter to the former President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, demanding that the case was reopened.[3]

Activism work[edit]

She has set up the Boudiaf Foundation,[4] for which she received the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 1998.[5] The foundation is set up in honour of Boudiaf's deceased husband, and hopes to spread a message of peace and education for all citizens of Algeria. Each year on the anniversary of his death, it celebrates his life.[6]


  1. ^ Alilat, Farid (3 March 2015). "Algérie : Bouteflika et les femmes". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Alilat, Farid (22 August 2015). "The "J'accuse! "Madame Boudiaf". Jeune Afrique (in French). Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Algérie. Nacer Boudiaf accuse 4 anciens hauts gradés de l'armée de l'assassinat de son pere". Medias24 (in French). 30 June 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Naylor, Phillip C. (1994). Historical Dictionary of Algeria. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-58507-031-5.
  5. ^ "Prince of Asturias Award - Rewarded" (in French). Prince of Asturias Award. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Lire aussi L'homme est mort, l'oeuvre reste IL Y A 14 ANS, BOUDIAF RENTRAIT AU PAYS Le retour du père prodige Il y a 12 ans revenait Mohamed Boudiaf Que reste-t-il de l'idéal Boudiaf ? La patrie au cœur Mohamed Boudiaf Communiqué de la Fondation Boudiaf" (in French). Djazairess. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2016.