In North Yemen Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Abdullah Saleh has been elected President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.
In North Yemen Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Abdullah Saleh has been elected President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. He succeeds assassinated President Ahmed Al-Ghasmi. The late President was killed by a parcel-bomb which was delivered to his office on the 24th of June. North Yemen has accused South Yemen of being responsible for the assassination, and the already strained relations between the two countries have reached an all-time low. This is the second assassination of a North Yemeni President in a year. In October 1977 Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was murdered by unknown assassins.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Saleh was a member of the four-man Presidential Council formed immediately after President Ghasmi was killed. Last week Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Ghani and his cabinet took the oath of office in his presence. His last appointment was as Security Chief of the southern province of Taiz.
Colonel Saleh was chosen with 76 votes out of 77, at an emergency session of the People's Constituent Assembly, the North Yemen parliament in Sanaa. He is a member of the Hashid Tribe, one of the most powerful in North Yemen society. The Hashids are staunch supporters of Saudi Arabia's conservative leaders and are reported to have received modern weapons from them.
The Chairman of the Assembly, Qadi Abdul Kareem Al-Arashi was elected provisional President after the death of Ahmed Al-Ghasmi.
The late President was thirty seven years old. He was in office eight months before, like his predecessor, he was murdered and then buried in the same martyr's cemetery.