dubai - The party of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen, has appointed a successor. On Sunday, the party announced that Sadeq Amin Abou Rass was following the party leader who had been killed last month. Abou Rass was formerly minister of agriculture.
Saleh ruled Yemen from 1990 to 2012 as a dictator. He was succeeded by the current president Abd-Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who since 2015 has been involved in a bloody battle with Shiite Houthi insurgents. Thousands of people were killed, among other things by bombing Al-Hadi's ally Saudi Arabia. Diseases have also broken out and famine is occurring in large parts of the country.
In the civil war in Yemen, Saleh was initially an associate of the Houthi rebels against the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Last month, however, the former president showed willingness to talk to Riyadh, where he was killed in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The party of Saleh criticized the Saudi 'aggression' on Sunday but did not mention the Houthi's.