35 years later, Al-Hamdi’s holdings donated to Army Museum
The ex-president’s son praised museum administration efforts to document the president’s things.
"These holdings are the most valuable things of my father," Dhi Yazan Ibraheem Al-Hamdi said.
Colonel Mohammed Jwaider, director of the Army Museum, received the holdings and praised the Al-Hamdi family’s cooperation and decision to give the artifacts to the museum.
Abdulmalik Ali Al-Matari, director of the museum’s Planning and Relations Department, said, "The administration of the museum contacted all families of previous presidents who ruled Yemen after the revolution to document this important historical period."
Al-Matari said the chronological order of presidents who ruled Yemen will be presented in 22 May Hall.
Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was the third president after the 1962 toppling of the imam. He was in office from June 13, 1973, until his assassination on Oct. 11, 1977.
He was born in Qa’taba, Ibb governorate, in 1943. Instead of finishing his studies, he joined the Aviation College, later working with his father in a Dhamar court during the rule of Imam Ahmed Hameed Al-Deen. During the rule of President Abdullah Al-Salal, he became leader of the Shock troops, known as El-Saaqah military unit.
On June 13, 1974, he led a military coup in the Yemen Arab Republic that overthrew President Abdul Rahman al-Iryani. Following the coup, he planned to end tribal loyalty and Yemen’s medieval social classes by proclaiming all Yemenis as equal. In that same vein, he fired several sheikhs holding high positions in the army and state.
The donated pieces will be presented in a special exhibit that will include a collection of holdings belonging to other presidents who ruled Yemen.