Political parties in Yemen

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Yemen is a one party dominant state in which the General People's Congress (GPC) holds power. Opposition parties are allowed and elections are regularly held.

Yemen's Political Parties Law mandates that political parties be viable national organizations comprising at least 75 founders and 2,500 members and not restrict membership to a particular region.[1] The government provides financial support to political parties, including a stipend for newspaper publication.[1]

Elections 2003–2006

The GPC captured 238 of 301 seats in parliament in the 2003 elections.[1] In the September 2006 elections for local and governorate councils, the GPC garnered 315 seats in the governorates (74 percent of the popular vote) and 5,078 local council seats (74 percent of the popular vote).[1] In the September 2006 presidential election, the JMP backed opposition candidate Faisal bin Shamlan, whose success in garnering 22 percent of the popular vote was viewed at the time as a first step in challenging the political stronghold of President Saleh and the GPC.[1] However, disputes between the GPC and the JMP in 2007 over election law amendments, coupled with the JMP’s opposition to President Saleh’s proposed democratic reform measures, have halted initial attempts to forge a dialogue between the two parties.[1]

List of parties

List of coalitions

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Country profile: Yemen. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (August 2008).  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. "Yemen's National Council". Notes by Noon. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. "Yemen opposition forms council to lead transition". Khaleej Times. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  4. Who's who in Yemen's opposition? Archived March 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Al Jazeera English, 28 February 2011
  5. Yemen passes emergency laws to quell protests, The Guardian, 23 March 2011
  6. Yemen activists breaking new ground, BBC News, 2 February 2011
  7. Yemeni police struggle to break up clashing protesters, Al Arabiya News Channel, 14 February 2011
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