22 MAY CELEBRATIONS So Far, So Good [Archives:2000/22/Front Page]

May 29 2000

The observance of the 10th anniversary of reunification celebration last monday was, in the true sense of the word, “excellent”.
The celebration started minutes after the arrival of President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the parade ground. Prime Minister Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Iryani then gave a welcome speech to the guests saying Yemen was “beginning the new era relying on democracy.”The parade began after a start signal was given by President Saleh, in an atmosphere full of curiosity and anxiety. An estimated 100,000 persons participated in the parade. This number includes uniformed boys carrying bright flags, girls at the age of unification (10 years old) carrying all sorts of colorful objects, and most important of all, members of the army. However, now that celebrations are over, life seems to have gone back to normal, and everyone should be ready to go back to work as usual.
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