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Abdul Karim Ali Al-Iryani or Al-Eryani (/ˈæbdʊl kɑːˈrm æl ɪrˈɑːni/ (About this soundlisten); Arabic: عبد الكريم علي يحيى محمد عبد الله الإرياني‎‎; 12 October 1934 – 8 November 2015) was the Prime Minister of Yemen from 29 April 1998 to 31 March 2001. Al-Eryani, along with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was a member of the General People's Congress (GPC).

Abd Al-Karim Al-Iryani
Prime Minister of Yemen
In office
29 April 1998 – 31 March 2001
PresidentAli Abdullah Saleh
Preceded byFaraj Said Bin Ghanem
Succeeded byAbdul Qadir Bajamal
Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Yemen
In office
Prime Minister of North Yemen
In office
Preceded byAbdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Succeeded byAbdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Minister of Education of North Yemen
In office
Minister of Development of North Yemen
In office
Personal details
Born(1934-10-12)12 October 1934
Eryan, Ibb, North Yemen
Died8 November 2015(2015-11-08) (aged 81)
Frankfurt, Germany
Political partyGeneral People's Congress
Alma materYale University


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Eryan, a village in the central highlands of Ibb, in 1934, Al-Iryani belonged to a prominent family that had held government posts in the region for centuries; many of his ancestors and relatives were judges.[1] He studied in the United States, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia in 1962, a Master of Science in Agriculture from the same institution in 1964, and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Genetics from Yale University in 1968.


Before Yemen's unification, Al-Iryani served in the government of North Yemen as Minister of Development (1974–1976), Minister of Education (1976–1978), Prime Minister (1980–1983), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1984–1990).[2] Following unification in 1990, Al-Iryani continued to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs for the united Republic of Yemen until 1993, when he became Minister of Development briefly before returning to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Al-Iryani was appointed as Prime Minister after Faraj Said Bin Ghanem abruptly resigned on 29 April 1998. He served in this capacity until 31 March 2001, when he was succeeded by Abdul Qadir Bajamal.

Later life and deathEdit

Al-Iryani was a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up in 2004 by FW de Klerk to support good governance and reduce conflict around the world. He has been credited with brokering the Arab Spring peace negotiations in 2012, resulting in a transition plan for President Saleh to resign.[3]

Al-Iryani died on 8 November 2015 in Frankfurt. Mustapha Noman, a former ambassador to Spain, called him "the last statesman Yemen had, and will have, for another generation."[1]


  1. ^ a b Eva Sohlman (12 November 2015). "Abdul Karim al-Eryani, 81, Dies; Yemeni Politician Brokered Arab Spring Peace". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Abd al-Karim al-Iryani". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ Walter Kemp (4 June 2012). "The Man in the Middle of Yemen's Transition: An Interview with Abdul Karim Al-Eryani". Retrieved 9 February 2019.

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