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November 15 2004

A massive public welcoming ceremony was arranged last Thursday for Parliament Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein at Sana'a International Airport upon arrival after more than 8 months for treatment abroad.
Sheikh Abdullah had to go through a series of medical examinations and treatments after he was injured in a traffic accident that took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar on March 11, 2004 while he was participating in the third conference of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Conference Member States (PUOICM).
Sheikh Al-Ahmar had been receiving medical attention in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for several months. Upon the traffic accident, he was taken to Paris, where immediate treatment took place as he was found to be injured and needed immediate medical attention. Despite some early reports at the time mentioned that the accident may have been a conspiracy, later reports confirmed that it was a result of a puncture of one of the back tires of the vehicle he had been using.
The welcoming ceremony included a brief statement by Sheikh Al-Ahmar expressing his gratitude for the concern and feelings of the Yemeni people towards him in the time of the accident and for the words of encouragement and support afterwards.
Hundreds of people gathered at the airport to receive the prominent figure including tribal representatives, members of parliament, and members of Shura council, leaders of various political parties, scholars, sheikhs, the press, and many other personalities.
Furthermore, sheikh Al-Ahmar had also started receiving guests that conveyed their greetings and best wishes for his safe return at his home since Friday.
Sheikh Abdullah has been in Saudi Arabia before arriving to Yemen. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Al-Ahmar met with King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and was active in working closely with Saudi counterparts to enhance bilateral relations.

A biography
Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein bin Nasser bin Mabkhout Al-Ahmar was born in 1933 in Dhalima region of Hashid of a family with a solid tribal history in the region of Hashid, who have had a major role in the modern history of Yemen.
He received his basic education in the village he was born in (Hisn Habour).
Al-Ahmar has been active in the political domain and worked to achieve the revolution. Imam Ahmed has harassed his family many times, as his father and brother were both held prisoners.
His role was instrumental in assisting revolutionaries defeat Imam Ahmad and at the time the revolution took place on 26 September 1962, he was still in prison, but after he was freed, he quickly gained confidence and support by the revolutionaries and the public.
Ever since, he has been actively participating in promoting the revolution's goals during different eras of the republic.
In 1969, he became the head of the national council of the Arab Republic of Yemen.
In 1970, he was elected as the head of the Shura Council of the republic.
Moreover, in 1979, he became an active member of the Consultative Council and in 1982; he became a member of the General Committee of the General People's Congress until 1990.
Upon unity on 22 May 1990, he formed the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah), which he continues to head today.
In 1993, he was elected into parliament and became the head of the parliament, the post that he still holds today.