Mohammed Basindawa

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Mohammed Basindawa
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Prime Minister of Yemen
In office
10 December 2011 – 24 September 2014
President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Deputy Abdullah Mohsen al-Akwa
Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr
Preceded by Ali Muhammad Mujawar
Succeeded by Abdullah Mohsen al-Akwa (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1935-04-04) 4 April 1935 (age 82)
Aden, South Arabia
(now Yemen)
Political party Independent

Mohammed Salim Basindawa (Arabic: محمد سالم باسندوة‎ born 4 April 1935) is a Yemeni politician who was Prime Minister of Yemen from 10 December 2011 to 24 September 2014.


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 November 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 Vice President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.[4] He and the members of his cabinet were sworn in on 10 December 2011.[5]

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

On 21 September 2014, Basindawa resigned as Prime Minister on the same day that Houthi rebels captured Sana'a, the capital of Yemen.[6][7] On 24 September, Abdullah Mohsen al-Akwa began acting prime minister.[8]


  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. 
  6. ^ "Yemen PM quits amid rebel clashes". BBC News. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Houthis dictate state spending after seizing Sanaa". Al Arabia. 3 October 2014. 
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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
Succeeded by
Abdullah Mohsen al-Akwa