was among the non-commissioned army officers who participated in the
revolution of 26th September 1962. At that phase, he was ranked
the initial months of the revolution … and in appreciation to his
efforts and what he showed of bravery and valence in defending the
revolution and Republic in the various regions, he was promoted to the
rank of adjutant military officer.
in the battles of defending the revolution and Republic in many of the
1963 was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.
the eastern region of Sana'a province, he was injured in 1963 while taking
part in one of the defense battles.
1964, joined the school of armored troops, and finished a special course
in armored battling.
graduation, he came again to participate in more than one region of the Republic
defending the revolution and Republic existence … He was subjected to
splinters of gun fire, and was injured more than once. He showed in these
battles rare bravery, skill of command and consciousness and awareness of
the national issues.
once of the heroes of Al-Sabeen war (1970) when Sana'a came under besiege.
engaged in many military ranks such as:
officer of an armored troop.
officer of an armored detachment.
general staff of an armored battalion.
of armored troops' provision division.
officer of an armored battalion and officer-in-charge of Bab Al-Mandab
officer of Taiz military battalion and Camp Regiment Officer of
Khaled Bin Al-Waleed (1975-1978).
.Represented singly and jointly, the country
within many official-negotiating discussions dealt with several brotherly
and friendly countries.
.Held the post of a member of the Provisional
Presidential Council and Vice General commander and Chief Staff of the
Armored Forces at the time of ex-president Al-Ghashmi's murder on Jun. 24th,
.Elected by the Founding Peoples Assembly on Jul.
17th, 1978 President of the .Republic
and General Commander of the Armed Forces.
.On Sep. 17th, 1979 he was promoted a
"colonel" according to the consent of an overwhelming majority
of all leaderships and divisions of the Armed Forces, as courtesy, honesty
and devotion to the efforts he showed in constructing and developing the
Armed Forces and security on the basis of modern fundamentals.
.Elected general secretary of GPC on Aug. 30th,
.Re-elected President of the Republic on May 23rd,
1983, as well as general commander of the Armed Forces.
.In 1989 was bestowed the Honorary Master Degree
in Military Science by the College of Leadership and Military General
.On May 21st, 1990 Al-Shoura Council
voted unanimously of bestowing him the rank of Lieutenant General as
courtesy and devotion of what he had shown sincerely in unification of the
homeland and creation of the Yemen Republic.
.On May 22nd, 1990 he raised the new
flag of the Republic of Yemen in Aden, declared re-unity of Yemeni unity
and ending forever the fragmentation. On the same day, was chosen
President of the Republic's Presidential Council.
.The newly elected Parliament chosen Ali Abdullah
Saleh President of Presidential Council on Oct. 16th, 1993.
Embarked upon the conspiracy of the successioners in
summer 1994 and led war against them for three months till victory was
achieved on Jul. 7th, 1994.
Elected by the Parliament on Oct. 1st, 1994
President of the Republic upon concision of the procedures on the
constitutional amendments, which were then endorsed on Sep. 28th,
.On Dec.24th, 1997 Parliament approved
rewarding him the rank of Field Marshal as an appreciation for his
historic and national role in building the new Yemeni territory.
.Exerted all his efforts in achieving an overall
development of Yemen such as reconstructing the Great Mareb Dam,
extraction of petrol and natural gas, initiating Aden Free Zone and other
.Considered the founder of the new Yemen's state
based on democratic principles, political pluralism, freedom of the press,
respect of human rights and principle of peaceful transfer of authority.
.Married and have seven sons, the eldest named
Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Source: An Extract from the 1st Edition
Volume entitled"20 Years of Giving"
Compiled by: The Office of the President Council.