The Yemeni political movement known as the Nasserist Reform Organisation has on Sunday marked the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of President Ibrahim al-Hamdi with an event at the Cultural Centre in the capital Sana’a.
At the event, Sultan al-Sami, a member of the Supreme Political Council explained that President Al-Hamdi “led a national project to build an independent civil state, but our wicked neighbour Saudi Arabia aborted his project and carried out an assassination plot against him.”
He highlighted Saudi Arabia’s subversive role in Yemen, especially since the September 26 Revolution of 1962 and the October Revolution of 1963.
“President Al-Hamdi died because of Saudi instructions and directives. They killed him like they killed all free men of the world, the last one whom was martyr President Saleh al-Sammad,” Sultan al-Sami said.
He called for the continued support of the fronts with money, men and equipment to ensure victory and the building of a Yemeni state based on law, justice and equality.
Ibrahim al-Hamdi was the highly popular President of the Yemen Arab Republic from 1974 to 1977. During his short tenure in power, he oversaw a massive economic and social development of Yemen, abolished feudal institutions in favour of democratic local councils and greatly increased net income for the lower classes.
President Ibrahim al-Hamdi was assassinated in 1977 in a Saudi-backed plot, after having negotiated a possible unification of the Yemen Arab Republic with the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen in the south. His death paved the way for the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh and his IMF-backed neoliberal economic policies, that plunged much of Yemen into poverty.