AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 15-9-98. [Archives:1998/38/Press Review]

September 21 1998

(People’s Nasserite Unionist Organization)   Main Headline:
1- Amid rising student anger and allegations of irregularities, parliament questions Sanaa University deputy rector on admission procedures and regulations. Students with low grades were admitted into very demanding science disciplines, while others with top marks were denied university seats.
2- Army troops are amassed in Sirwah, Mareb, following the blowing-up by tribesmen of an oil pipeline. Tribes in the area are demanding compensations for flood damages.
3- Nasserite leader, Abdulmalik Al-Mikhlafi: “The proposed local administration law is an attempt to deceive the people.”
4- Crisis within government rises: Minister of Endowments resigns and unconfirmed reports on the resignation of the Minister of Justice. Several other ministers have kept away from work due to strong disputes over government policy.
Article Summary:
Protest at the Top (editorial)
Protest over the failing government policies have reached the top echelons of power. One minister has already resigned, another is said to be considering resigning. The crisis has encompassed all aspects of life in Yemen.
The new government, that followed the resignation of former PM Faraj Bin Ghanem, is a clear indication of the failure to bring about change. The narrow mentality that is in control here has treated the country and its resources as war spoils, to be divided among the victors according to tribal and regional considerations.