Saleh Ali al-Sammad
: صالح علي الصمَّاد
; 1 January 1979 – 19 April 2018
) was a Yemeni
political figure from the Houthi movement
who served as the president of Yemen's Supreme Political Council and the de facto
President of Yemen until his assassination.
Saleh Ali al-Sammad was born in Bani Ma'az in Yemen's Sahar District
on 1 January 1979.
Al-Sammad struck a conciliatory posture during and after the 2014–15 coup. In November 2014, after the Houthis withdrew from Yemen's "unity government", he expressed support for most of Hadi's cabinet choices, including Prime Minister Khaled Bahah
In February 2015, al-Sammad said the Houthis hoped for normal relations with the United States
and other countries and suggested that the group was interested in sharing power with other political factions, potentially including members of the deposed House of Representatives
in a new, 551-member parliament.
On 23 April 2018, Al-Samad was killed by a Saudi-led coalition drone strike
, making him the most senior Houthi casualty. The weapon was a LJ-7
air-to-surface missile, possibly fired from a Wing Loong II UCAV
, the top leader of the Houthi movement, stated that "the forces of aggression, led by America and Saudi Arabia, bear the legal responsibility for this crime and all its consequences."
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