Yesterday Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was gunned down trying to flee Sanaa, after nearly a week of pitched street battles in the capital between Saleh supporters and backers of Houthi Ansar Allah rebels.
Saleh had been elected president of North Yemen in 1978 and became president of Yemen on May 22, 1990 when North Yemen merged with Marxist South Yemen. He remained president of the country until 2012 when an Arab Spring-inspired rebellion ousted him. He was replaced by his vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Continue reading