26 SEPTEMBER: Sanaa weekly, 1-1-98. (Yemeni Armed Forces) [Archives:1998/01/Press Review]

January 5 1998

News Review: 1- The President: “Let’s make fasting in Ramadhan a starting point for spreading justice, affection, fraternity, and good deeds.” 2- The President ratifies a number of funding agreements made with international organizations & PSA with Dove petroleum company. 3- Islah bloc withdrew from parliamentary sessions in protest over inclusion of scholastic institutes (Islah controlled) within the general Ministry of Education budget. 4- Council of Ministers endorsed draft decree to establish the National Supreme Human Rights Committee. 5- Abdulkareem Al-Iryani: “1998 will be a decisive year for implementing administrative and financial reforms.” 6- Ministry of Education to study educational policy during 1998, based on computer data collected during 1997. 7- Amran & Bajil cement factories to be expanded and 5 industrial regions to be established in Hodeida, Lahaj, Abyan, Aden, & Hadhramaut. 8- Lands owned by Ministry of Endowments to be fully documented and more mosques to built. 9- 113 communication projects to be implemented & 82,000 telephone lines to be installed in 1998.