Okay, the guy's corrupt as well, but not as corrupt as Saleh himself. And I do believe he is a bit of an idealist with a better sense of what is wrong in Yemen than the president.
The entire interview is worth reading, but I'll reproduce a funny exchange between the Yemen Times and Hamid when Hamid voiced his scepticism over Saleh stepping down by 2013:
Yemen Times: "In spite of the fact that the Americans believe that he will step down in 2013?"
Hamid al-Ahmar: "(Laughter) He lies to the Americans! They know that he is the biggest liar in the world."