Yasir Al-Fulani (Arabic: ياسر الفلاني, Yāsir Alfulānī; 21 March 1942 - 6 June 2011) was a Yemeni politician and the President of Yemen before being captured and executed by Khaled Al-Asad during the Yemeni Revolution. Al-Fulani previously served as President of North Yemen from 1978 until unification with South Yemen in 1990.
Yasir Al-Fulani was born on the outskirts of Sana'a on 21 March 1942.
He joined the North Yemeni Armed Forces in 1958, as an infantry soldier, and was admitted to the North Yemen Military Academy in 1960. Three years later, in 1963, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Armoured Corps. He would rise through the ranks to eventually become the military governor of the Ta'izz Governorate in 1977.
Al-Fulani was elected President of North Yemen on 17 July 1978 following the assassination of a previous President. He was re-elected in 1983, but as a representative of the General People's Congress rather than through the military.
The decline of the Soviet Union severely weakened the status of South Yemen, and, in 1990 the North and South agreed to unify after years of negotiations. The South accepted Al-Fulani as President of the unified country.
Yemeni Revolution, Kidnap and Execution Edit
In early 2011, opposition groups called for Al-Fulani to end his three-decade-long rule because of his perceived lack of democratic reform, widespread corruption and the claimed human rights abuses carried out by him and his allies. Al-Fulani made attempts to quell the uprising by agreeing to cede power to his Vice President under a 30-day transition plan. However, on May 23, Al-Fulani refused to sign the agreement, leading to renewed protests.
On 3 June 2011, Al-Fulani was kidnapped in a bomb attack on his presidential compound. multiple C4 charges were planted inside the mosque and one exploded when the president and major members of his regime were praying. The explosion killed four bodyguards and injured the prime minister, deputy prime ministers, head of the Parliament, governor of Sana'a and many more. Khaled Al-Asad, leader of the Yemeni Opposition, known as OpFor, claimed responsibility and stated that he had kept the President in an undisclosed location until an predetermined time.
Al-Fulani was executed in a military barracks in the coastal city of Al Hudaydah on 6 June 2011. Al-Fulani's assassination prompted the United States to invade Yemen in order to remove Al-Asad and OpFor and restore order.
- This biography is based on Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former President of Yemen. In real life, Saleh stood down as President on 27th February 2012 and handed the role to Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. However, he has since started supporting Houthi rebels during the Houthi takeover of Yemen in 2014/15.