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Republic of Algeria President H.E. Liamine Zeroual

President H.E. Liamine Zeroual was elected president of the Republic of Algeria for a five-year term on November 16, 1995. Prior to this position, Mr. Zeroual held diverse ranks in military studies and military positions. In 1975, Mr. Zeroual was promoted to the rank of Major and given command of the Combat Weapon Application School in Batna, prior to heading the Cherchell Joint Military Academy in 1981, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Between 1982 and 1987, he was successively named Head of the Sixth Military Region (1982), Head of the Third Military Region (1983), and Head of the Fifth Military Region (1987). In 1988, he was promoted to the rank of General and named Deputy to the Chief of Staff, Commander of Land Forces. Such positions eventually lead Mr. Zeroual to become the head of the Ministry of Defense. Prior to being elected president, the High Council of State appointed Mr. Zeroual State president, on January 30, 1994.

Republic of Austria President Thomas Klestil

On May 24, 1992, Thomas Klestil was elected president of the Federal Republic of Austria. Mr. Klestil's career stemmed from an interest in economics, which he pursued at the University for Economics, Vienna, earning a doctoral degree. Mr. Klestil held numerous positions within Austrian government beginning with his position with the Office for Economic Coordination in the Federal Chancellery, Vienna, from 1957-1959. Branching from this office, Mr. Klestil held positions such as secretary to the Federal Chancellor (1966-1969), consul general of Austria in Los Angeles (1969-1974), and permanent representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York (1978-1982).

Prior to being elected president, Mr. Klestil continued to represent his country as the Austrian ambassador to the United States from 1982-1987, and served as the secretary general for Foreign Affairs from 1987-1992.

Commonwealth of the Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham

Hubert Alexander Ingraham, the Member of Parliament for North Abaco, was sworn in as prime minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas for a second term on March 18, 1997. Mr. Ingraham studied law in Nassau, and was called to the Bahamas Bar in December 1972, where he eventually became senior partner in the law firm of Christie, Ingraham, and Company.

Mr. Ingraham possesses an extensive governmental career that began with his early, active involvement in the Nassau and Bahamas Jaycees. He entered front-line politics in 1975 with his election to the National General Council of the then ruling Progressive Liberal Party. Mr. Ingraham's early involvement with diverse offices and leadership roles resulted in his leading the Free National Movement to victory over the Progressive Liberal Party on August 19, 1992.

Mr. Ingraham is a former chairman of the both the Conference of CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) Heads of Government and the Bureau of the Conference.

In July 1993, Prime Minster Ingraham was made a member of Her Majesty's most honorable Privy Council.

Dominican Republic President Leonel Antonio Fernandez

In his native Dominican Republic, Fernandez studied law at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) where he graduated cum laude, being awarded a doctorate in law in 1978 and winning the national J. Humberto Docoudray Award as the most outstanding student in his graduating class. Dr. Fernandez's interest in politics began during his college career when he was elected president of the Students' Association in the law and political sciences faculty. His early interest led him to join the founding of the Dominican Liberation Party where he held various positions from grass-roots committee member of the Central Committee to Member of the Political Committee in 1990.

All of his achievements led him to be chosen as vice-presidential candidate in the National Elections of 1994.

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