Mohammed Seddik Benyahia

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Mohamed Seddik Benyahia
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Born January 30, 1932
Jijel, Algeria
Died May 03, 1982
Gottour, Iran
(borders between Turkey and Iran)
Nationality Algerian
Occupation Politician, Militant nationalist
Political party FLN
Parent(s) Father's name: Ferhat

Mohammed Seddik Benyahia or Ben Yahia (January 30, 1932 – May 3, 1982)[1] was an Algerian politician and a militant nationalist during the war in Algeria. After independence he was Minister of Information (1967–1971), Higher Education (1971–1977), Finance (1977–1979), and Foreign Affairs (1979–1982).

Early life[edit]

He was born on January 30, 1932 in Jijel. During the Algerian war, he took an active part in the struggle for independence of his country. He was secretary general of the presidency of the provisional government of the Republic of Algeria (GPRA) and a member of the Algerian delegation in negotiations with the French government in Evian in 1962.[2] He was responsible for chairing the meeting of CNRA in Tripoli (Libya) in 1962. After the independence of his country, he held the post of ambassador to Moscow and London.

Ministries he held[edit]

  • Minister of Information from 1967 to 1971, When he organized the first Pan-African Festival in 1968.
  • Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 1971 to 1977.
  • Minister of Finance from 1977 to 1979.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1979 till his death.[3]

Death[edit]

On 3 May 1982, his plane was shot down on the Iran-Turkey border during his mediation mission in Iran–Iraq War.[4] Both Iran and Iraq rejected responsibility.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jijel.info-Biographie de Mohamed Seddik BENYAHIA
  2. ^ same reference above
  3. ^ From University of Jijel (Arabic)
  4. ^ "Mission Awry". Time Magazine. 1982-05-17. 

Further reading[edit]

Algerian newspaper El Watan May 26, 2012 "30 years ago, The Tragic death of Seddik Benyahia and his companions".