Press Review [Archives:2001/15/Press Review]

April 9 2001

News of appointing Mr Abdulqader Bajammal a prime minister, succeeding Mr Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, and the formation of the new government in Yemen has been the major news story of almost all official and non-official newspapers. News of the two events has been front-paged along with some very important local and world news stories.
Articles depicting various viewpoints regarding the new prime minister and formation of the new government were also the main topic in almost all newspapers of this week.

Main Headlines:

-The New Cabinet Sworn In
-President Saleh Presides Over the First Cabinet Meeting, Defines Broadlines of the New Government Tasks
-Former Prime Minister Al-Eryani, Political Advisor to the President
-Will Bajammal Manage to Tackle the Economic File?
-New Facts on Medical College Morgue
-Mass Layouts Among Senior Officials Transferred to Sana’a Following the Unification
-New Cabinet: 35 Ministers, 24 Ministers Appointed for the FIRST time
-US$ One Billion for Yemeni-Saudi Border Markings
-In implementation of Jedda Agreement: Technical, Military Committees’ Minutes Signed
-Yemeni & Saudi Information Ministers Held Talks
-Army Commander Captures a Citizen’s Land in Bir Fadhl Area
-President Saleh Receives US Ambassador to Yemen

26 September weekly, organ of Yemeni Armed Forces, April 5,2001.
The weekly editorial is this week focused on the recently formed government headed by the new prime minister Abdulqader Bajammal. The editorial says that undoubtedly, the Yemeni masses are pinning great expectations on this government to carry out all the tasks assigned to it, pursuant to the constitution and a translation of the national aspirations.
Those aspirations are summed up in construction and a change within the framework of a modern state of Yemen based on institutions, democracy, order and law. The need of change has been clearly expressed by the political leadership, the public and dictated by requirements of the national interest. Therefore, all are requested to learn the lessons. For some elements in the former government have thought that the change would not include them despite of the negative aspects that permeated their performance.
Those elements have mistakenly thought their stay in their posts was stemmed from keenness of founding a representation based on regional balance. An assumption that is inappropriate under an institutional state. Regional or geographical representation is embodied inside the democratically elected bodies, such as the parliament and the local councils. The government is a political executive apparatus governed by criteria of efficiency.

 Al-Wahdah weekly, April 4, 2001.
In its editorial, the newspaper says that under the country’s re-unification since May 1990, and in response to new developments and changes at both internal and external levels, Yemen has deemed it imperative to face challenges at various levels. Thus the president’s decision to form a new government came in response to necessities of new developments on the Yemeni arena, the most prominent of which was the success of local councils elections last February.
The editorial maintains that these should be a reminding that serving Yemen and its aspirations is not confined to those assuming ministerial posts. It is rather a task involving other various bodies and sectors of the society. It is a joint effort.   The newly formed government, or any other coming one, does not possess a magical stick for tackling a reality groaning under many difficulties and problems. So it is consequently in need of joining all forces, good intentions, patriotic effort and rallying behind Yemen. This is in fact the short-cut towards achieving a dignified life.