Ahmed Saleh

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Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh
أحمد علي عبد الله صالح
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Saleh in 2011.
Yemeni Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
19 May 2013
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 42–43)
Sana'a, Yemen Arab Republic
Relations Ali Abdullah Saleh (father)
Yahya Saleh (cousin)
Military service
Allegiance  Yemen
Service/branch Yemen Army
Years of service 2000 - 2012
Rank Brig. Gen.
Commands Republican Guard
President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son Ahmed, 1984

Ahmed Ali Saleh is the eldest son of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and was a commander of approx. 80,000 troops of the Republican Guard unit of the Yemen Army.[1]

Military career[edit]

On December 15, 2012, amid tensions between Republican Guard units and President Hadi, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Saleh refused to relinquish control of long-range missiles to the Defence Ministry, stoking fears of further clashing.[2] On December 19, President Hadi responded by issuing decrees announcing a restructuring of the military into four main branches including the land forces, the navy, the air force, and the border forces, effectively dissolving the Republican Guard and rendering Ahmed Saleh's position unnecessary.[3] This was widely seen as an effort on President Hadi's part to weaken the influence of Yemen's political and military elite.[4]

Though no longer in command of the Republican Guard, Ahmed Saleh apparently remains a part of the military, but in what capacity it is unclear. As recently as February 3, 2013, National Yemen newspaper reported him as having met with both President Hadi and the remaining leadership of the Republican Guard.[5]

Post-military career[edit]

Saleh was sworn in as Yemen's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Yemen in the United Arab Emirates by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on 19 May 2013. The ceremony was also attended by UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, and the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Dr Ali Mansour bin Svaa. Nahyan emphasized the importance of Saleh's appointment as part of efforts to maintain close relations between the two countries.[6]


  1. ^ Almasmari, Hakim. "Saleh cronies sacked in Yemen". The National. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Republican Guard Members Sentenced in Yemen". Reuters. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yemeni president curbs rival's power in army Overhaul". Reuters. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Raghavan, Sudarsan (22 February 2013). "Powerful elite cast a shadow over reforms in Yemen". The Washington Post (London). Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Al-Arashi, Fakhri. "Ahmed Ali Saleh Meets With Rep. Guard Leadership". National Yemen. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "General Ahmed Ali Saleh is sworn in as ambassador". Yemen Post. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.