AL-JAMAHEER: Sanaa weekly, 2-4-98. [Archives:1998/15/Press Review]

April 13 1998

(Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party)  Main Headline:
1- Following the departure of PM Faraj Bin Ghanim, a 1000-riyal banknote is to be printed and flour and wheat prices are to be raised.
2- The President meets the deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament and the accompanying delegation.
3- Baath leadership in Yemen calls for purging government organs of corruption.
4- Animal plague threatens cattle in Tihama.
5- Former bodyguard of former Ethiopian president Mengistou is charged with illegally pushing drugs in Aden.

Article Summary:
Alternative to ‘Mowj’
A number of Yemeni exiles – from 1994 war – held a meeting with former president Ali Nasser Mohammed in Beirut. They discussed the possibility of forming an alternative opposition front to the failed Mowj (reversed Arabic abbreviation of the National Opposition Front). The participants at the meeting tried to adopt a unified position towards the President’s call to ‘close the dossiers of the past’ and the recent court sentences on the secessionist leaders.
Mowj has recently experienced a number of unofficial breakaways by some political parties such as the League of the Sons of Yemen and the Unitary Congregation.
Political analysts have expressed their surprise at the involvement of Ali Nasser Mohammed, in view of his declared refrain from working in politics.