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Yemen: Who was Ali Abdullah Saleh? | Al Jazeera - Dec. 5, 2017 |

Ali Abdullah Saleh dominated political life in Yemen for decades, even after his country and international allies forced him from the presidency more than five years ago.

The 75-year-old had spent years setting up a complicated network of alliances between the country's military, civil and tribal groups, fuelling societal divisions by playing enemies off one another in a bid to weaken his opposition.

The veteran politician likened this survival technique to "dancing on the heads of snakes," a slogan which appears to reflect the circumstances of his untimely death.

Last week, Saleh publicly broke ties with his former allies, the Houthis, calling on Yemenis to "defend the nation" against them.

Panel of experts says Ali Abdullah Saleh amassed between $32bn and $60bn through corruption during 33 years in power.

The UAE was behind the former president's decision to turn his back on Houthi rebels, officials say

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 07:27:23 PM EST
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