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Ali Abdullah Saleh
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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
Born (1947-03-21)21 March 1947
Bayt al-Ahmar, North Yemen (now in Yemen)
Died 4 December 2017(2017-12-04) (aged 70)
Sana'a, Yemen
Political party General People's Congress
Spouse(s) Asama Saleh

Ali Abdullah Saleh (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح‎; born 21 March 1947 – 4 December 2017) 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. On February 2, 2011, he announced that he would step down in 2013.

In December 2017, Saleh said he would not support the Houthis and instead sided with his former enemies – Saudi Arabia and president Hadi. 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. The Houthis said that it was the United Arab Emirates that dragged Saleh to "this humiliating fate."

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