SANA’A – Yemeni political movement the Nasserist Reform Organisation had on Thursday marked the 42nd anniversary of the martyrdom of President of Yemen Ibrahim al-Hamdi, with an event at the Cultural Centre in the capital Sana’a.
“During the period of President Al-Hamdi, in which he came to build a future state, our wickes neighbour Saudi Arabia, carried out an assassination plot against him in,” said Sultan al-Sami, a member of the Supreme Political Council.
Al-Sami highlighted Saudi Arabia’s subversive role in Yemen, especially since the September 26 Revolution of 1962, stressing that the September 21 Revolution of 2014 has come to Yemen in order to complete the revolutionary struggle started in 1962.
“As time went by, the September Revolution came to reach the correct course, and thus the wicked neighbour declared war. Yemen is involved in this war in order to preserve its independence,” he said.
He referred to the initiative of the President of the Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat for peace.
“If the aggression does not respond to initiative of the president of the Supreme Political Council, the coming days will be full of surprises to deter the aggression countries, ” al-Sami confirmed.
For his part, the head of the Nasserist Reform Organization, Major General Mujahid al-Quhali, reviewed the reality of the events before the martyrdom of President al-Hamdi and his struggle to build a new Yemen, as well as his remarkable achievements in that period.
He mentioned at length the assassination of Martyr al-Hamdi and the previous attempts of accomplices to bring down the President and his brother Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah al-Hamdi, conspiracies that happened under the supervision of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Quhali, on behalf of the group, called for an investigation into the remaining participants in al-Hamdi’s assassination, and called for a review of the status of certain members of the army and police members in order to investigate accomplices.
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 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.