MANAMA, Bahrain — The president of Marxist-ruled South Yemen has survived an assassination attempt, and the leaders of the plot to overthrow him, including a former president, have been executed, the Gulf News Agency reported today from Aden.
The agency said the conspirators against President Ali Nasser Mohammed included Abdul Fattah Ismail, who was a former head of state in the tiny country on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and Ali Ahmed Nasser Antar, the first deputy prime minister and a close associate of the president.
The agency, quoting Radio Aden, said that Ismail and Antar were sentenced to death and executed, and that possible accomplices were held for trial.
The agency reported earlier that a special tribunal was formed to try the plotters.
The report did not say when the coup attempt took place, but said Radio Aden went off the air last Wednesday for about 1 1/2 hours, later blaming power failure. Aden is the capital and chief port of South Yemen, one of the world's poorest nations, with a population of about 2 million.