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Yemeni Election 2006: A Fraud in the Making

from World Press, July-December 2005


Yemen is a country in trouble. Recently ranked the 12th most unstable nation in the world, ahead of Haiti, Afghanistan, and Rwanda by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yemen is teetering on failure. ...

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled former North Yemen from 1978 through its unification with the south in 1990. He has since remained president of united Yemen. The country held its first presidential election in 1998. Saleh won by a margin of 96 percent against a little-known member of his own party, the General People’s Congress (G.P.C.). The Yemeni Socialist Party (Y.S.P.) was not allowed to present a candidate and called the vote a sham. A primary opposition party, Islah, did not run a candidate but instead nominated Saleh before his own party did. The five-year presidential term was later extended to seven years.

Yemeni Election 2006: A Fraud in the Making

An analysis of Yemen 2006 budget shows the regimes priority is neither development nor services, but military spending, an area dominated by Saleh’s relatives. In the budget for 2006, the electric sector is allocated YR 27 billion, which constitutes a decrease of almost 60% from last year’s budget, although electricity is not yet available in most rural areas and the urban population faces rolling black outs.

The increase in funds for education in the 2006 budget barely covers new enrollment. The 2006 budget makes no allocation for the one million children not in school or for the upgrading of schools. (Some schools in reality are tents or shacks.) First grade enrollment was 56% in 2003. Yemen has the highest rate of illiteracy in the Middle East at 51%, which includes 74% of women.

Yemen:Failure or Democracy?

Sounds like Yemeni's need a revolution. Does anyone have anything more current on Yemen ?.

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