We received great treatment and this is not new from our friendly neighboSaleh seeks power-sharing arrangement Jul 07, 2011
I make this compromise today for the sake of the countryAnti-government protests in 3 Arab states Feb 03, 2011
Those people who are seeking power through coups should not think that things will stabilize, this is not the case ... This will lead to civil war and bloodshedYemen imposes 30-day emergency law Mar 23, 2011
I went home and tried to arm myself by any means because I was afraid that if the president signs the initiative they will start looting and messing up the streetsFear of chaos paralyzes Yemeni capital May 25, 2011
We are not against participation, we are for participation with all political powers, whether they are in opposition or ruling, but in the light of a program which the people agree uponReport: Saleh to return to Yemen July 17 Jul 09, 2011
Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh (Arabic: علي عبدالله صالح; born 21 March 1942) is the first President of the Republic of Yemen. Saleh previously served as President of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) from 1978 until 1990, at which time he assumed the office of chairman of the Presidential Council of the Republic of Yemen (unified Yemen). He is the longest-serving president of Yemen, ruling since 1978.
Saleh was born in the town of al-Ahmar, in the Al-Ahmar family — the ruling family of the Hashid tribal confederacy. Saleh is a Zaydi Shia Muslim. He is a "non-Hashimi" Zaydi (not a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandfather), and would not have been eligible to rule under the Zaydi Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen that ruled the country until 1962.
Saleh obtained less than an elementary school education. He joined the North Yemeni armed forces in 1958 and the North Yemen Military Academy in 1960, and became a corporal. Three years later, he was commissioned from the ranks as a second lieutenant. In 1977, the President of North Yemen, Ahmed bin Hussein al-Ghashmi, appointed him as military governor of Ta'izz.