Al Hasan Hamid Al Din
Power player in the violent politics of Yemen.
Prince al-Hasan played a prominent role in Yemeni affairs from early 1930s almost until the end of the civil war. From 1948 to 1962, during his brother Ahmad's reign, he was the second most influential man in his country's politics.
In 1932, al-Hasan was dispatched to the mountain of Barat, some 150 miles northeast of Sana, to curb local lawlessness. In 1948, he rallied the northern tribes, who held him in great esteem, to his brother Ahmad's cause.
Prince al-Hasan entered Sana, and deposed the short-lived revolutionary government and was appointed prime minister and governor of Sana. Later his relation with his brother soured and his bronchial problems drove him out of the conflict in 1968.
Prince al-Hasan spent the rest of his life in America and Saudi Arabia, and died in his sleep in Jeddah. He had wished to be buried in Sana beside his father but agreement could not be reached with the Yemeni republic, and he was buried in Madinah.
Al-Hasan Hamid al-Din was born in al-Qafla, northwest of Sana.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan