AL-TAREEQ: Aden fortnightly, 17-3-98. [Archives:1998/12/Press Review]
(Independent) Main Headline:
1- Former MP, Dr. Yaseen Noman: ‘The ruling authority must institute a comprehensive plan for a general national dialogue.’
2- Increase in Yemeni and foreign fishing ships leads to diminishing fish reserves in Yemeni territorial waters.
3- 860 plots of land in Hadhramaut are handed out to senior military officers.
4- Yemeni Organization for Defending Human Rights and Liberties call for an immediate investigation of the death Wadi’ Sheibani while in detention.
Farmers in Lahaj Complain
A number of farmers in Lahaj have complained of the huge taxes levied by the agents of Sultan Ali Abdulkareem Fadhl. The agricultural lands, given to the farmers years ago by the former regime in the south, are now considered part of the former pre-independence Abdali Sultanate. The farmers are also being coerced into signing over these lands to the Sultan.
Following the war of 1994, a special agricultural committee surveyed the lands and recognized the ownership of the Sultanate. The farmers were allowed to stay permanently on their farms and pay a specified ration of the produce to the Sultan. The governor of Lahaj promised to put an end to the harassment by the Sultan’s agent.