Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Yemen

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July 17: Yemen's long-serving President 'Ali 'Abdullah Salih announced he would not seek re-election in 2006, although the country's constitution allows him to serve another term. Saleh ruled Yemen since unification in 1990 after 12 years as President of North Yemen. His seven-year presidential term is set to end in 2006. [Al-Jazeera, 7/17]

July 20: In response to a large reduction in fuel subsidies, which the government enacted as part of an economic reform agreement with the IMF, riots broke out throughout Yemen. The subsidy reduction resulted in the immediate doubling of fuel prices in Yemen's already struggling economy. Clashes between rioters and security forces killed 16 people, marking the country's worst civil strife in more than a decade. [AlJazeera, 7/20]

July 21: Tanks were deployed in Yemen's capital Sana'a and other towns across the country as a second day of violent protests claimed the lives of at least six people. [BBC, 7/21]

July 26: Yemen's cabinet cut fuel prices in response to the rioting, which left at least 39 people dead and more than 300 injured throughout the country. [Reuters, 7/26]

July 28: A Yemeni cleric who claimed to have ties with Usama bin Ladin was sentenced to 75 years in prison in New York. Shaykh Muhammad 'AIi Hasan al-Mu'ayyad was convicted of conspiring to support the al-Qa'ida network and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. …

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