Thursday, January 13, 2011

YemenWatch: Thursday January 13, 2011

President Saleh is accusing the Houthis of violating the Qatar-mediated ceasefire.  The Houthi Group said it is the government who keeps violating the ceasefire, not them.

Someone tried to assassinate the governor of Dhale province.  Separatists are believed to be responsible.

The General Assembly of Traders is filing a lawsuit against the President of the Tax Authority.  This is in response to a lawsuit filed against them as "agitators" against a sales tax law.

Fouad Rashid, editor of the Al-Mukalla Press (online newspaper), was arrested on January 10th.  Rashid was released in May 2010 after serving a year in prison with no trial.  Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrest.  Another journalist, Ilah Haydar Shae, is still in solitary confinement. 
Note: Al-Mukalla is the capital of Hadramout province.

The Minister for Oil and Minerals was suspended, following a fuel crisis in Yemen.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response both arrived in Yemen today.  They're looking at problems in the Houthi region (north) and problems in aiding Somali refugees.  There are currently about 170,000 legal Somali refugees in Yemen.

It seems like the Yemeni military now has a Koran memorization course.  The first group of soldiers graduated today.

Election Mess:
Apparently Hillary Clinton did meet with the JMP opposition parties.  One of their leaders is saying that the US is in favor of change.  Also, is appears that the GPC and JMP have agreed to delay the elections from April to June of 2011.  Yahoo! is saying that Clinton met the JMP at the US Embassy, which would explain the new law: if you want to visit an embassy, you must get government approval.

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