Abdul Rahman al-Iryani Politician
Abdul Rahman Yahya Al-Eryani (Arabic: عبد الرحمن الإرياني) (born 1908, died 14 March 1998) was the President of the Yemen Arab Republic from November 5, 1967 to June 13, 1974. Al-Eryani was a leader of the al-Ahrar opposition group, during the time of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen. He served as minister of religious endowments under northern Yemen's first national government and is the only civilian to have led northern Yemen. Abdulrahman Al-Eryani was born in the village of Iryan in 1908. His father, Yahia Al-Eryani, was the chief Judge of the Mutawakliat Kingdom of Yemen and a very pronounced scholar of Sharia. His mother, Salwa Al-Eryani was a known lady for her charitable efforts in her village. Abdulrahman Al-Eryani started his education in his village "Iryan" until the age of 16 when he left to the capital Sana'a to study in its famous Sharia School. After few years, he graduated and worked at the Imam Court until 1937 when he was appointed as a judge for the first time.