Ahmad al-Ghashmi

Ahmad bin Hussein al-Ghashmi (21 August 1935 – 24 June 1978)[1] (Arabic: أحمد حسين الغشمي‎) was the President of the Yemen Arab Republic from 11 October 1977 until his death eight months later. Al-Ghashmi assumed power when his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, was assassinated. Ghashmi himself was assassinated later. His assassination occurred when he was meeting an envoy sent by People's Democratic Republic of Yemen President Salim Rubai Ali and a briefcase, reportedly containing a secret message, exploded, killing both al-Ghashmi and the envoy. It is not conclusively known who set off the explosion. Coincidentally, Rubai Ali died in a coup three days after this event.

Ahmad bin Hussein al-Ghashmi
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4th President of the Yemen Arab Republic
In office
11 October 1977 – 24 June 1978
Prime MinisterAbdul Aziz Abdul Ghani
Preceded byIbrahim al-Hamdi
Succeeded byAbdul Karim Abdullah al-Arashi
Personal details
Born(1935-08-21)21 August 1935
Hamdan District, Sana'a Governorate, Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen
Died24 June 1978(1978-06-24) (aged 42)
Sana'a, North Yemen
Political partyNone (Military)
Military service
Allegiance North Yemen
Years of service1956–1978
Major General


  1. ^ "Index Ge-Gj". Rulers.org. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
Preceded by
Ibrahim al-Hamdi
President of North Yemen
Succeeded by
Abdul Karim Abdullah al-Arashi