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    Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of Government - 1989

      Long-form name: People's Democratic Republic of Yemen; abbreviated PDRY

      Type: republic

      Capital: Aden

      Administrative divisions: 6 governorates (muhafazat, singular--muhafazah); Abyan, Adan, Al Mahrah, Hadramawt, Lahij, Shabwah

      Independence: 30 November 1967 (from UK)

      Constitution: 31 October 1978

      Legal system: based on Islamic law (for personal matters) and English common law (for commercial matters); highest judicial organ, Federal High Court, interprets Constitution and determines disputes between states

      National holiday: National Day, 14 October

      Branches: unicameral Supreme People's Council; Council of Ministers; Federal High Court

      Leaders: Haydar Abu Bakr al-ATTAS, Chairman, Presidium, Supreme People's Council (since February 1986); Ali Salim al-BID, Secretary General, Yemeni Socialist Party (since February 1986); Yasin Said NUMAN, Chairman, Council of Ministers (since February 1986)

      Suffrage: all citizens age 18 and over

      Elections: elections for legislative body and Supreme People's Council are called for in the Constitution, but none have been held

      Political parties and leaders: Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), the only legal party, is a coalition of National Front, Bath, and Communist Parties

      Communists: no information

      Member of: Arab League, FAO, G-77, GATT (de facto), IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, ITU, NAM, OIC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: none; the UK acts as the protecting power for the US in the PDRY

      Flag: three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black with a light blue, isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bearing a red five-pointed star

      NOTE: The information regarding Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of 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, People's Democratic Republic of Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Yemen, People's Democratic Republic of Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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