Ali Abdullah Saleh

1947 - 2017

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Ali Abdullah Saleh al-Ahmar (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح الأحمر , ʿAlī ʿAbdullāh Ṣāliḥ al-Aḥmar; born 21 March 1947 – 4 December 2017) was a Yemeni politician who served as the first President of Yemen, from Yemeni unification on 22 May 1990 to his resignation on 25 February 2012, following the Yemeni Revolution. Previously, he had served as President of the Yemen Arab Republic, or North Yemen, from July 1978 to 22 May 1990, after the assassination of President Ahmad al-Ghashmi.Saleh developed deeper ties with Western powers, especially the United States, in the War on Terror. Islamic terrorism may have been used and encouraged by Ali Abdullah Saleh to win Western support and for disruptive politically motivated attacks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ali Abdullah Saleh has received more than 1,592,060 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Ali Abdullah Saleh is the 1,974th most popular politician (down from 1,863rd in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Yemen and the most popular Yemeni Politician.

Ali Abdullah Saleh was the president of Yemen for more than 30 years. He is most famous for his role in the Yemeni Civil War.

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Among politicians, Ali Abdullah Saleh ranks 1,974 out of 15,710Before him are Khasekhemwy, Donald Rumsfeld, François Ravaillac, Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Talal of Jordan, and Jürgen Stroop. After him are François Darlan, Taichang Emperor, Richard II, Duke of Normandy, King Wen of Zhou, Austen Chamberlain, and Maria Luisa of Spain.

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Among people born in 1947, Ali Abdullah Saleh ranks 33Before him are Glenn Close, Gigliola Cinquetti, Herman Van Rompuy, France Gall, Sam Neill, and Josep Borrell. After him are Rob Rensenbrink, Gloria Gaynor, James Woods, Jonathan Pryce, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and Michio Kaku. Among people deceased in 2017, Ali Abdullah Saleh ranks 27Before him are Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Johnny Hallyday, Mireille Darc, Martin Landau, Tzvetan Todorov, and Louise Hay. After him are Mário Soares, Kenneth Arrow, Roman Herzog, Emmanuelle Riva, Malcolm Young, and Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov.

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Among people born in Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh ranks 2 out of 18Before him are Uwais al-Qarani (594). After him are Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi (1945), Abu Musa al-Ash'ari (600), Miqdad ibn Aswad (589), Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din (1869), Muhammad al-Badr (1926), Mukesh Ambani (1957), Shoshana Damari (1923), Abu Muhammad al-Hasan al-Hamdani (893), Ahmad bin Yahya (1891), and Tawakkol Karman (1979).


Among politicians born in Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh ranks 1After him are Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi (1945), Abu Musa al-Ash'ari (600), Miqdad ibn Aswad (589), Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din (1869), Muhammad al-Badr (1926), Ahmad bin Yahya (1891), Mohammed Basindawa (1935), Ali Muhammad Mujawar (1953), Abdul Qadir Bajamal (1946), and Keith Vaz (1956).

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