Nephew of presidential candidate gunned down [Archives:2006/977/Local News]

August 31 2006

SANA'A, Aug. 30 ) Security resources confirmed on Tuesday that a relative of Ahmad Al Majeedi, one of the presidential candidates, was killed on Tuesday by unknown gunmen.

According to the resources Adel Al Majeedi was shot dead in his house on Monday in Al-Qadhi village in Lahj governorate.

Ahmad Al Majeedi yesterday confirmed the murder of his nephew, who was leading the election campaign for him in the province of Lahj, the home province of Al Majeedi.

Two mass rallies scheduled to be held by Al Majeedi in Shabwa and Hadramout were cancelled after the murder.

Other resources mentioned that Adel Al-Majeedi was killed in a trap set up by unknown armed men. Security forces continue to investigate the case in attempt to find to the gunmen, said the security resource.

Al Majeedi's membership in the Yemen Socialist Party was frozen after he stood for the presidential elections without consulting party leaders. The party accused Al Majeedi of working for the ruling party.

The murder is the second incident of election-related violence in the first week of campaigning for the Sept 20 elections.

The first incident on Aug 24 saw three Yemenis killed and eight others wounded in Al-Jawf governorate, 180 kilometers north of Sana'a, in a shootout.

At that time the European Union Election Observation Mission condemned the violence in Al-Jawf and urged all parties to allow election officials to fulfill their duties without fear, intimidation or violence toward any official, party or candidate.