AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 1-1-98. [Archives:1998/01/Press Review]

January 5 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party)
Main Headlines: 1- US State Department warns American citizens in Yemen against possible “terrorist attacks” 2- YSP Secretary – Hadhramaut branch – was arrested for distributing a number of copies of Al-Thawri back issue which was banned for publishing ‘phone conversation between the President and an imprisoned opposition figure 3- Six opposition parties signed agreement of principles on trade union and mass organization activities Article Summary: Hopes of Local Government Decline In a seminar held in Sanaa last week, the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reform indicated that the first stage of decentralization will involve appointing governors until such time that local elections can be carried out. This shows that the government is not serious in establishing a local government system with big enough powers. The local government draft law currently being reviewed by parliament guarantees large powers to remain with the central government. It fails to mention full administrative and financial independence for the governorates.