AL-SAHWA: Sanaa weekly, 10-9-98. [Archives:1998/37/Press Review]

September 14 1998

[Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah)]   Main Headline:
1- Islah’s Supreme Committee sets October 6 as the date for holding the Islah’s 2nd general conference.
2- Islah Secretary General, Mohammed Al-Yadoumi, attends the People’s Conference to Defend Al-Quds (Jerusalem) in Amman, Jordan.
3- With the attendance of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Islah Charitable Society holds the 1st festival for Yemeni orphans.
4- A severe water-shortage crisis in Saada has culminated in a total stoppage of water supplies, because of a strike by the Saada water authority employees. They are demanding their wages for the last 3 months.
5- Flood damages in Yafi’ are estimated at YR 174 million.
6- Two Taiz men received 80 lashes each for drinking alcohol
Article Summary:
Agricultural Tender
The complicated case of the tender to supply the Agricultural Bank of Borrowing 250 irrigation units has now entered a new phase. Parliament had in its last term ordered the relevant organs to implement Decision No. 33 of 1997 to award the deal to the French [Junidere] company and its local agent, Abu Al-Rijal Establishment. But the matter did not end there in the this very controversial business deal.
Nevertheless, the authority concerned with the deal has recently decided to allow new tenders to be submitted, enraging both parliament and the French company. The government indicated that parliament can only recommend, not order, something to be implemented.