‘ Possibility of the South Becoming an Independent State is Closer Than at Any Other Point in Yemen’s History ‘

#AceNewsServices – YEMEN – October 17 – Popular, political and military activity calling for the separation of southern Yemen from the republic of Yemen picked up its pace this week in the areas of Aden and Hadramout.

The possibility of the south becoming an independent state is closer than at any other point in Yemen’s history.

Unity and separation are two issues that concern everyone in the region.

They mainly concern Yemen’s major neighbour, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

When southern and northern Yemen united, it was backed by people from both sides but it was not the product of popular demands or activity. It was the result of a struggle over governance in the south among communist powers.

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized the chance to expand his authority when the South’s political leader Ali Salem al-Beidh – who almost lost his rule – called for unification. Saleh and Beidh signed the unification agreement in 1989 and instead of achieving unity and power sharing, Saleh dominated authority in both northern and southern Yemen.

The promises of unification were not fulfilled and it became a burden on northern Yemen, leading to the neglect and appropriation of southern Yemen.

Saleh was thus the only winner and ruled over the country alone.



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` Suicide Bomber Killed 12 Soldiers in ` South Yemeni ‘ Army’s Headquarters ‘

#AceWorldNews – ADEN – April 02 – A suicide bomber tried to storm the main gate of the Yemeni army’s southern command headquarters in the port city of Aden on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Militants in a separate vehicle also attacked the compound from another side in the al-Tawahi area of Aden, using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, according to witnesses.

At least three soldiers and one of the attackers were killed in the incident, local media reports said.

ABYAN – February 2014 – (DWN) Last month a gun battle in Abyan province left two suspected Al Qaeda militants and a pro-government militiaman dead, after a failed attack on the head of a militia that backs the government.

The militias, who recruit from the area’s heavily armed tribes, fought a fierce war alongside the army in mid-2012. They helped to drive Al Qaeda militants out of the main cities of Abyan, after the extremist network had held them for a year.


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