Countryaah, the House of Representatives, the Legislative
Assembly, approved the budget for January 1, despite the
fact that most members of the minority party in the
coalition government, Yemen's Reform Alliance (Islah),
boycotted the meeting. The larger of the parties in the
coalition government, the People's Congress (General Peoples
Congress, GPC), were thus able to adopt the draft budget
without objection. Coalition partner Islah's members
boycotted the vote because they felt they had not had enough
time to discuss the proposal.
GPC won a convincing election victory in the general
elections on April 27. The party, together with Islah,
received 240 of the House of Representatives 301 seats (GPC
187, Islah 53 seats). Most of the remaining seats were
occupied by independent candidates. The Socialist Party
(Yemen Socialist Party, YSP) boycotted the election along
with four other smaller parties. The reason was stated to be
feared election fraud on the part of the government parties.
Although between 10 and 20 people were killed in
connection with the election, it was considered by foreign
observers to have been conducted in a largely fair manner.
The turnout was just over 50%.
A new government was appointed on May 15. President Ali
Abdullah Saleh appointed Faraj Said Ben Ghanim as new Prime
A meeting, organized in Brussels on June 18-19 by the
World Bank and the EU, resulted in promises of $ 1.8 billion
in international support for the Yemeni government's
economic reform program.
On October 31, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
approved a $ 512 million loan to Yemen.
At the end of June, clashes between Yemen and Saudi
troops took place along the common and disputed border.
Reports talk about major human and material losses on both
sides. According to some data, the United States should have
intervened and mediated in the conflict.