ALGERIAN PRESIDENT BESTOWS MEDAL OF NATIONAL MERIT ON LATE EGYPTIAN MUSICIAN MOHAMED FAWZI

ALGIERS, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has posthumously bestowed on the late Egyptian musician Mohamed Fawzi, the man who composed Algeria’s national anthem (Kassaman), with the Order of National Merit (Category of Ahid), in recognition of his support for the liberation revolution.

The Speaker of the Council of the Nation (the upper chamber of the Algerian parliament), Abdelkader Bensalah, representing President Bouteflika, presented the medal to the late musician’s grandson, Omar Mounir Mohamed Fawzi, in the presence of Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi, Minister of Mujahedeen (War Veterans) Tayeb Zitouni, members of the government, the Secretary-General of the National Order of Merit, Mohamed Saleh Akka, a representative of the family of the composer, Moufdi Zakaria, as well as cultural and media personalities from Egypt.

The Higher National Institute of Music was named on Sunday morning after the composer of the Algerian national anthem Kassaman at a ceremony chaired by Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi and held at the Institute, which is located at the Square of Martyrs, where a sign bearing the name of Mohamed Fawzi was unveiled.

President Bouteflika had ordered the tribute to be paid to the Egyptian composer by naming the institute after him and decorating him, posthumously, with the medal of the National Order of Merit.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK