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    Yemen Arab Republic Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Yemen Arab Republic; abbreviated YAR

      Type: republic; military regime assumed power in June 1974

      Capital: Sanaa

      Administrative divisions: 11 governorates (muhafazat, singular--muhafazah); Al Bayda, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb, Marib, Sadah, Sana, Taizz

      Independence: November 1918 (from Ottoman Empire)

      Constitution: 28 December 1970, suspended 19 June 1974

      Legal system: based on Turkish law, Islamic law, and local customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      National holiday: Proclamation of the Republic, 26 September (1962)

      Branches: president, prime minister, Cabinet; People's Constituent Assembly

      Leaders: Col. Ali Abdallah SALIH, President (since 1978); Abd al-Aziz ABD AL-GHANI, Prime Minister (since 1983)

      Suffrage: NA

      Elections: legislative elections held 5 July 1988

      Communists: small number

      Political parties or pressure groups: no legal political parties; in 1983 President Salih started the General People's Congress, which is designed to function as the country's sole political party; conservative tribal groups, Muslim Brotherhood, and leftist factions--pro-Iraqi Bathists, Nasirists, National Democratic Front (NDF) supported by the PDRY--exert political influence

      Member of: Arab League, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ITU, NAM, OIC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Mohsin A. ALAINI; Chancery at Suite 840, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037; telephone (202) 965-4760 or 4761; there is a Yemeni Consulate General in Detroit and a Consulate in San Francisco; US--Ambassador Charles F. DUNBAR; Embassy at address NA, Sanaa (mailing address is P. O. Box 1088, Sanaa); telephone �967� (2) 271950 through 271958

      Flag: three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black with a large green five-pointed star centered in the white band; similar to the flags of Iraq, which has three stars, and Syria, which has two stars--all green and five-pointed in a horizontal line centered in the white band; also similar to the flag of Egypt, which has a symbolic eagle centered in the white band

      NOTE: The information regarding Yemen Arab Republic on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Yemen Arab Republic Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Yemen Arab Republic Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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