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

September 14 1998

(Al-Haqq Party)
Main Headline:
1- Al-Haqq Party Secretary General, Ahmed Al-Shami resigns his post as Minister of Religious Guidance and Endowments in protest over the “unserious reform measures.”
2- Opposition Coordination Council condemns the government’s abandonment of the original draft law of local authority in favor of far less decentralization.
3- Courses at summer training and education centers for youths, run by Al-Haqq Party in Saada, were concluded with the a ceremony attended by several religious scholars and local sheikhs.
4- Educators send a letter to the President, complaining of gross injustices by an influential group at the Ministry of Education, which unfairly dismissed several of their colleagues.
5- Following 3 bomb explosions in Aden, 40 suspects were arrested.
6- Police fire live ammunition to disperse a demonstration by more than 150 Somali families in front of the UNHCR office in Aden. They demanded financial allowances and ration coupons for the last 3 months. One man was hit in the stomach.
Article Summary:
Oil Pipeline Punctured
A group of armed men had fired at the oil pipeline passing through Al-Zawr area, 22km from Mareb. Fire was raging in the damaged part of the pipe. Hunt Oil Company engineers, however, were refused access when they went to close a valve in the Al-Dammajj area. The Al-Dammajj tribe demanded that the company should pay them rent for the piece of land where the valve is situated, in addition to regular monthly salaries.
A military contingent was sent to the area. After much negotiation, it was agreed to increase the rent, in return of the Al-Dammajj’s promise to protect the pipeline.