AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 1-10-98. [Archives:1998/40/Press Review]

October 5 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP)   Main Headline:
1- YSP prepares to hold its 4th congress.
2- YSP Politburo member, Mohammed Ghalib Ahmed: “The ruling authority deal with our party as if it’s banned.”
3- Government procrastination is behind the continuing tribal wars in Mareb.
4- Bomb blasts continue in Abyan.
5- Some 36,000 tons of dangerous chemical waste are produced by factories and hospitals every year in Yemen. What is safely destroyed is just about half of the amount produced.
6- Despite celebrating the revolution’s anniversary, the families of 553 revolutionary veterans are excluded from the lists of people receiving monthly financial assistance.
Article Summary:
“Sultans” are Back
A number of “Sultans,” who were defeated on November 30, 1967, have kicked out more than 100 farmers from their lands in Abyan. The expelled farmers gathered outside the police station with their title deeds, which they held for the last 50 years. It was all to no avail.
Some of the confiscated land was given to high-ranking military and government officials in the governorate, who took part in carrying out the eviction. This has taken place despite explicit orders by the Council of Minister and the President to allow the farmers to keep their lands. The “Sultans'” are supposed to receive only the lands that were under their control before nationalization.