Ali Abdullah Saleh

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
President Ali Abdullah Saleh.jpg
1st President of Yemen
In office
22 May 1990 – 25 February 2012
Prime Minister Haidar Abu Bakr al-Attas
Muhammad Said al-Attar
Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Faraj Said Bin Ghanem
Abdul Karim al-Iryani
Abdul Qadir Bajamal
Ali Mohammed Mujur
Vice President Ali Salim al-Beidh
Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi
Preceded by new office
Succeeded by Abd al-Rab Mansur al-Hadi
President of North Yemen
In office
18 July 1978 – 22 May 1990
Prime Minister Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Abdul Karim al-Iryani
Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Preceded by Abdul Karim Abdullah al-Arashi
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details

(1942-03-21)21 March 1942

Bayt al-Ahmar, North Yemen (now in Yemen)
Died 4 December 2017(2017-12-04) (aged 75)
Sana'a, Yemen
Political party General People's Congress
Spouse(s) Asama Saleh
Religion Shi'a Islam[2]

Ali Abdullah Saleh (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح; born 21 March 1942 – 4 December 2017)[1] was a Yemeni politician. He was the first President of the Republic of Yemen. Before that time, Saleh served as the President of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990. In 1990, he assumed the office of chairman of the Presidential Council of the Republic of Yemen (North & South Yemen). He was the longest-serving president of Yemen, ruling since 1978.[3] On February 2, 2011, he announced that he would step down in 2013.[4]

In December 2017, Saleh said he would not support the Houthis and instead sided with his former enemies – Saudi Arabia and president Hadi.[5][6] However, he was killed by a Houthi sniper while attempting to leave the capital city of Sana'a amidst the ongoing battle on 4 December 2017.[7][8] The Houthis said that it was the United Arab Emirates that dragged Saleh to "this humiliating fate."[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "President Ali Abdullah Saleh Web Site". Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  3. Dresch, Paul (2000). A History of Modern Yemen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 184. ISBN 0-521-79482-X. 
  4. "Yemeni President Won't Run Again". Wall Street Journal. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  5. "Yemen: Ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed". Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  6. "Houthis claim takeover of Yemeni capital, president calls for 'all people' to rise against them". RT International. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  7. "Analysis: Yemen's ex-president Saleh's killing was 'revenge'". Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  8. Hetherington, Hakim Almasmari, Tamara Qiblawi, Hilary Clarke and Ruth. "Yemen's former President Saleh killed in Sanaa". CNN. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  9. "ناطق أنصار الله: الإمارات أوصلت زعيم ميليشيا الخيانة إلى هذه النهاية المخزية ولا مشكلة مع المؤتمر". المسیرة (in Arabic).