Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Assassination Attempt in Yemen

(One of the Ultimate survivors of Yemeni Politics - Dr. Yasin Said Nu'man)

Well, I don't want to say too much about this before al-Thawri comes out tomorrow or Friday. But from reading the coverage in al-Sahwa and al-Wasat it appears that on Sunday night an assailant attempt to assassinate the Secretary General of the YSP Dr. Yasin Said Nu'man at his house with some sort of improvised bomb. He was unsuccessful.

The al-Wasat report links this attack to a recent attack on a Presidential hopeful - one can't call him a candidate yet, since he hasn't received the approval vote from both house of parliament - Tawfiq al-Khamiri. Here is an English report on those attacks.

Finally, here is al-Sawha's coverage. But I won't say more until I've went through al-Thawri this weekend. But I'm not so sure this is specifically related to the elections as most would have it. There was also an attack - if that is the right word, which I'm not so sure it is - on a YSP headquaters in al-Mukalla.

Again, I don't think we should jump the gun and start predicting a violent and bloody election season. It is extremely unlikely that these are coordinated attacks, as opposed to one-off incidents.


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