Mohammed Basindawa

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Mohammed Basindawa
Prime Minister of Yemen
Assumed office
10 December 2011
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
Preceded by Ali Muhammad Mujawar
Personal details
Born (1935-04-04) 4 April 1935 (age 79)
Aden, South Arabia
(now Yemen)
Political party Independent
Religion Sunni Islam

Mohammed Salim Basindawa (Arabic: محمد باسندوة‎; born 4 April 1935) is a Yemeni politician who has been Prime Minister of Yemen since 10 December 2011.


Born in Aden, Basindawa served as minister of foreign affairs from 1993 to 1994.[1] He was a member of Yemen's ruling party, but resigned in the early 2000s to join the opposition to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as an Independent.[2]

In 2011, following months of unrest, Basindawa was nominated by the Yemeni opposition to lead the first government after the ouster of President Saleh.[3] On 27 November 2011, he was named prime minister by the then vice president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi.[4] He and cabinet members sworn in on 10 December 2011.[5]

On 31 August 2013, the minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire on his convoy.


  1. ^ "Foreign ministers S-Z". Rulers. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Yemeni opposition names a former member of Saleh’s party as candidate to government". Al Arabiya. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yemen opposition names candidate to government". Emirates 24/7. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Yemen opposition leader Mohammed Basindawa named prime minister" BBC News, 27 November 2011.
  5. ^ "December 2011". Rulers. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Abd Al-Karim Al-Iryani
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Abd Al-Karim Al-Iryani
Preceded by
Ali Muhammad Mujawar
Prime Minister of Yemen