Chairman of the
Presidential Leadership Council
of the Republic of Yemen
Rashad al-Alimi
since 7 April 2022
Claimed by
Mahdi al-Mashat
(Supreme Political Council)
since 25 April 2018
Presidential Leadership Council
ResidenceMa'shiq Palace (PLC)[1]
Inaugural holderAli Abdullah Saleh
Formation22 May 1990
DeputyDeputy Chairman
Salary280,000 YER monthly[2]

The president of the Republic of Yemen (Arabic: رئيس الجمهورية اليمنية) is the head of state of Yemen. Under the Constitution of Yemen, the president is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and head of the executive branch of the Yemeni government.

As of 7 April 2022, the powers of the president are exercised by the Presidential Leadership Council, headed by a chairman. The chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council is vested with sweeping powers, including the ability to unilaterally command the military and appoint governors and other key officials.[3]

The first and longest-serving president of unified Yemen was Ali Abdullah Saleh and the second was Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who took office on 27 February 2012. The legality of his claim to presidency is in question, as he was the only candidate in the 2012 election and the end of his mandate was originally set for 27 February 2014.[4] His mandate was extended for another year.[5] However, he remained in power after the expiration of his mandate, and on 22 January 2015, he handed over his resignation.[6] He reaffirmed that he intended on resigning two weeks later.[7] After his resignation, the government was assumed by the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee. However, on 21 February 2015, Hadi presented himself as the president again, in Aden. On 7 April 2022, in a televised address, Hadi resigned, dismissed Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, and transferred the powers of the president and vice president to the Presidential Leadership Council, with Rashad al-Alimi, former interior minister under President Saleh, as its chairman.[8] The Hadi faction's claim to the presidency is contested by the Houthi Supreme Political Council's chairman, Mahdi al-Mashat, who is only recognized by Iran.[9][10] Rashad Al-Alimi, met King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during an official visit to Saudi Arabia on 29 April 2022 for support of all peace efforts in Yemen and the region.[11]

Latest election

Main article: 2012 Yemeni presidential election

Abdrabbuh Mansur HadiGeneral People's Congress6,621,921100.00
Valid votes6,621,92199.80
Invalid/blank votes13,2710.20
Total votes6,635,192100.00
Registered voters/turnout10,243,36464.78
Source: IFES

See also


  1. ^ "President al-Alimi receives crediting papers of Emirati Ambassador, praises Emirati support for Yemen". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aden: Saba News Agency. 8 February 2023. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  2. ^ برس, مأرب. "مأرب برس - راتب الرئيس ونائبة والوزراء بعد الإستراتيجية". مأرب برس.
  3. ^ Ardemagni, Eleonora (9 June 2022). "Yemen's Post-Hybrid Balance: The New Presidential Council". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 11 February 2023.
  4. ^ Profile: Yemen's Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
  5. ^ Yemeni president's term extended, Shi'ite Muslim leader killed
  6. ^ Hadi affirms her presidential resignation final
  7. ^ Hadi affirms his presidential resignation final
  8. ^ Ghobari, Mohamed (7 April 2022). "Yemen president sacks deputy, delegates presidential powers to council". Reuters. Aden. Retrieved 7 April 2022. With this declaration a Presidential Leadership Council shall be established to complete the implementation of the tasks of the transitional period. I irreversibly delegate to the Presidential Leadership Council my full powers in accordance with the constitution and the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism.
  9. ^ "Yemen: Houthi, Saleh council formation criticised by UN".
  10. ^ "Yemen Shiite Rebels Appoint an Ambassador to Iran for First Time". 18 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Yemeni council head meets King Salman, crown prince in Jeddah". The Rahnuma Daily. 29 April 2022. Retrieved 30 April 2022.