President Leads War Against Qat [Archives:1999/21/Front Page]

May 24 1999

In several interviews last week, President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to stop chewing qat. Instead, he will now use the time to acquaint himself with the computer world, and to spend more time in sports. 
Moreover, the President said that he has urged his close aides to stop chewing. Some did. 
That is wonderful news. As the President plays an important role model, his decision to quit chewing qat will hopefully convince many Yemenis to do the same. His interest in computers and sports should also spark more attention to these fields. 
It is a win-win situation. 
Thank you, Mr. President!