AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 18-8-98. [Archives:1998/34/Press Review]

August 24 1998

(People’s Nasserite Unionist Organization)   Main Headline:
1- Due to several unresolved issues, fears are expressed of the outbreak of an all-out tribal war. Khawlan tribes have declared a cease-fire amongst themselves and a state of emergency to face up to possible aggression by the state.
2- Informed sources indicate that the sudden postponement of the President’s visit to Canada is due to serious security developments.
3- Opposition parties and organizations express strong indignation at the recent endorsement of a law regulating mass rallies and demonstrations.
4- The sinking of a cement-loaded Syrian ship off Mukallah last June threatens the local environment with pollution.
5- A serial killer who shot dead 16 people, including a woman and 3 police officers, was killed in a shoot-out with police after a 3-day siege.
6- A gas tanker car parked opposite the US embassy in Sanaa creates fear and a high state of alert, while the unsuspecting driver went to have his breakfast.
Article Summary:
MPs & US Embassy
A few months ago the US embassy in Sanaa sent a letter to the Yemeni parliament naming a number of MPs who traveled to the US with some of their entourage. The letter expressed astonishment at the fact that the MPs returned without their retinue. In fact one of them sent his entourage on their own.
It has become like a trade: those Yemenis wishing to go to America pay an MP a certain amount of money in return for including them in their party. It seems that parliament has lost its role as a legislative and monitoring organ to become a business enterprise.