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Leader: President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Economy: GNI percepita $2,500 (Saudi Arabia $17,200, Canada $41,950).

Monetary unit: Yemeni Riyal.

Main exports: Oil, liquefied natural gas.

Unemployment rose to more than 50% during the 201 1 political crisis. Yemen is dependent on oil for its revenue, though its reserves are dwindling. It exported liquefied natural gas for the first time in 2009 and has been trying to diversify, with backing from the IMF.

People: 24.1 million. Population growth rate 1990-2010 3.5% pa. People per square kilometre 40 (UK 253).

Health: Infant mortality rate 57 per 1,000 live births (Saudi 15, Canada 5). Lifetime risk of maternal death 1 in 91 (Canada 1 in 5,600). Yemen currently has the highest level of chronic malnutrition in the world after Afghanistan, according to UNICEF. …

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