AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 30-7-98. [Archives:1998/31/Press Review]

August 3 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP
Main Headline:
1- Yemen & Saudi Arabia agree to preserve the status quo on the Dowaima Island, and adhere to the Tayif treaty of 1934.
2- The 3 dead Mother Teresa nuns are buried in the Catholic cemetery in Aden. The killer Abdullah Al-Nasheri, 21, used to be a volunteer fighter in Bosnia Herzegovina, and is believed to be mentally insane. Confessing his crime, he said the nuns want to convert the Yemeni people into Christianity.
3- A YSP activist in Ibb is threatened with death by senior government officials and security personnel.
4- Saudi Arabia deports Yemeni citizens on daily basis.
Article Summary:
Parliament Criticized
By Abdulmajid Al-Wajih
Parliament has almost completed 15 months of its 4-year term without achieving any of its goals. It has not been able to fully establish its role as a legislative body that also monitors the executive organs.
In its current state, parliament is a true reflection of the critical political situation immediately before the 1997 general elections. Parliament is not better than the other corruption-riddled state organs
Opposition parties have not been able to formulate long-term strategies. Political parties were divided in their stance towards the elections, which were conducted without taking any remedial measures to redress the political and social imbalance created by the 1994 war.