Salim Rubai Ali

Salim Rubai Ali[1] (Arabic: سالم ربيع علي; 17 June 1935 – 26 June 1978), known by his comrades as "Salimin", was the Marxist head of state of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) from 22 June 1969 until his execution [2] on 26 June 1978. Rubai Ali led the left wing of the National Front for the Liberation of South Yemen (NLF),[3] which forced the British to withdraw from southern Yemen on 29 November 1967. Rubai Ali's radical Marxist faction gained dominance over the more moderate President Qahtan al-Shaabi's elements, allowing Rubai Ali to seize power; he retained the title of Chairman of the Presidential Council throughout his term, even as the NF changed the name of the country from the People's Republic of South Yemen to the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in 1970.[citation needed]

Salim Rubai Ali
سالم ربيع علي
2nd President of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
2nd Chairman of the Presidential Council (South Yemen)
In office
22 June 1969 – 26 June 1978
Preceded byQahtan Muhammad al-Shaabi
Succeeded byAli Nasir Muhammad
Personal details
Born17 June 1935
Died26 June 1978 (aged 43)
Aden, South Yemen
Political partyNational Liberation Front

Rubai Ali's NF joined with other parties in 1975, creating the United Political Organisation NF (التنظيم السياسي الموحد الجبهة القومية), all rival parties were outlawed earlier. He opposed the idea of the Yemeni Socialist Party's (YSP) future creation promoted by Abdul Fattah Ismail. He appointed Muhammad Ali Haitham as his Prime Minister when he became Chairman. Haitham served until August 1971, when he was replaced by Ali Nasir Muhammad. In 1978, Ali Nasir Muhammad overthrew and executed Rubai Ali, after a short battle which took place in Almodowar Palace, located in At-Tawahi, Aden, which Rubai Ali used as a fortification.



Preceded by
Qahtan Muhammad al-Shaabi
Chairmen of the Presidential Council (South Yemen)
22 June 1969–26 June 1978
Succeeded by
Ali Nasir Muhammad