Yemen's Parliament speaker dead at 74

Dec. 30, 2007 at 1:36 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The speaker of Yemen's Parliament, Abdullah ibn Hussein Al-Ahmar, has died of cancer in Saudi Arabia at age 74.

The Arab News reported Sunday that, according to the Embassy of Yemen, Al-Ahmar succumbed to cancer at Saudi Arabia's King Faisal Specialist Hospital this weekend.

For more than a year prior to his death Saturday, Al-Ahmar had been unable to serve in his official position due to his deteriorating health.

Yet prior to traveling to Saudi Arabia for treatment, Al-Ahmar earned a reputation as a strong political figure in the region.

Among the accomplishments of the former interior minister was his role in the formation of a border-delineation agreement that his country reached with Saudi Arabia.

His other role as the head of a Hashed tribal confederation also served Al-Ahmar well, as he used that position to help maintain order in Yemen's turbulent political system.

The Arab News said Al-Ahmar's survivors, along with other mourners, will take part in funeral services in Sanaa Monday.

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