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Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh was the President of Yemen from 1990 until the 2011 revolution swept him, along with other Arab dictators, off the throne. Before the unification he was the President of North Yemen from 1978.

Under his authoritarian leadership the country stayed firmly in the club of the poorest countries in the world. He officially ceded power and ceased being President but he still continues to wield considerable influence.

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