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Yahya Badr al-Din al-Houthi, son of Badr al-Din al-Houthi, participated with his brother Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi in the development of the Shabab al-Mu’min summer camps and often served as a guest lecturer in them.  Following the death of his father, he supported Abdul Malik al-Houthi in leading the Houthi movement.  A former MP with the majority party, the Gene

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Abdul Malik al-Houthi (b. 1982) is the current leader of the Houthi movement following the death of Badr al-Din al-Houthi. Details of his personal life are unknown, although his charismatic face graces posters around Sa’ada province alongside those of his deceased father and brother.

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Sheikh Badr al-Din al-Houthi (d. 2010) was the spiritual leader of the Houthi movement following the death of his son Hussein al-Houthi, known for his prominence as a theologian and for his book, “Freedom of Thought,” a reasoned response to Salafi incursions into Zaydi religious communities.

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Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi (1956 - September 2004) was the leader of the more traditional camp of the Shabab al-Mu’min organization who called for protests against America following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar (b. October 6, 1956) is the current head of the powerful Hashid tribal confederacy and the son of Abdullah ibn Husayn al-Ahmar, who led the Islah Party from its inception until his death in 2007.

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Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi (b. 1946) was vice president for seventeen years within the Saleh regime and now serves as the president of Yemen as the result of an uncontested election as provided for in the power-transfer agreement.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh (b. March 21, 1946) was president of the united Yemen from its inception in 1990 until his removal from power in 2011. He was also first elected president of the Yemen Arab Republic before unification in 1978, making a total of thirty-three years that he held power.

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Tariq al-Fadhli (b. 1967) is a member of the influential al-Fadhli tribe of south Yemen, which lost its traditional landholdings to the communist regime there.

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Muhammad al-Yadumi (b. 1947) is the current leader of Islah following the death of Abdullah al-Ahmar in 2007 and represents the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. Following his 1973 graduation from Egyptian police academy, Yadumi worked in political security and intelligence before founding “al-Sahwa,” the newspaper which is considered the voice of modern Islamism in Yemen, in 1985.

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