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Hamid al-Ahmar (Arabic: الشيخ حميد الأحمر‎) (born 1967) is a Yemeni politician currently living in exile after fleeing Yemen during the Houthi takeover of Sana'a September 2014. He is the former general secretary of the Preparatory Committee of the National Dialogue for the JMP and a member of opposition party Yemeni Congregation for Reform, commonly known as Islah.[1][2]

Hamid al-Ahmar
حميد الأحمر
General Secretary of the Preparatory Committee of the National Dialogue Conference
In office
2011 – June 2013
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAhmad Awad bin Mubarak (as General Secretary of the NDC)
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1967-12-27) 27 December 1967 (age 51)
Sana'a, Yemen Arab Republic
Political partyAl-Islah
RelationsAbdullah ibn Husayn al-Ahmar (father)
Alma materSana'a University

He is a son of Abdullah ibn Husayn al-Ahmar,[citation needed] the former head of the now defunct Hashid tribal confederacy of Islah which is now headed by Hamid's older brother Sadeq who's living in the capital Sana'a,[3] and the former Speaker of the Yemeni HR since 1993. Senior Al-ahmer has been known in Yemen as the presidents’ maker and breaker.[citation needed] His uncle, after whom he is named, was executed by the Yemeni Imam Ahmed Hameed Al-deen (1948–1962) during the Yemeni civil war of 1962-1968. "After all, the heinous murder of his ambitious uncle and grandfather led his father to mobilize the Hashid tribes, normally supporters of the Imam, to the side of the revolution when it broke out in north Yemen in 1962. The efforts of his father, family, and tribesmen eventually led to the permanent demise of the Imamate’s 11 centuries’ rule."[4]

As a youth, he spent summers in either the United States or the United Kingdom, staying with a family to learn English. He earned a bachelor degree in economics with honors at Sana'a University. He went into buying, eventually owning cellular telecom Sabafon, the Islamic Bank of Saba, and at least a dozen other businesses which most of them have now been seized by the Houthi militia.[4]

He has been a member of the Yemeni House of Representatives (HR) since the 1993 parliamentary elections. He has been a member of the Shoura Council of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform party which is known by its short Arabic name Islah, meaning "reform." At the beginning of 2007, he was elevated to the Higher Commission of the party, which is equivalent to a political bureau.

While not occupying any formal position within the Yemeni opposition parties coalition which is known as the Joint Meeting Parties—JMP. He is credited for leading the Yemeni opposition in a presidential elections battle against Saleh in September 2006. Hameed’s success in the past is attributed to his very influential political family (Al-ahmer) of the now fragmented and weakened Hashid tribal coalition which once dominated Yemen’s politics until the Houthi takeover of Sana'a.[citation needed]

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