June 21, 2008

Bio of Yemen's President Ali Saleh

NYT But some critics say one of the greatest dangers is Mr. Saleh himself. His corruption and neglect, as well as his history of coddling Islamic extremists for political support, have helped fuel the uprising against him, a high-ranking Yemeni official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution.

THE president has mastered the art of playing enemies against one another, his opponents say, leaving the country in a state of controlled chaos and doing little to address its desperate needs: water, education, development. A culture of corruption has hollowed out government ministries and damaged the army, which is struggling to put down a much smaller rebel force.

Here's a list of his relatives in government and business from 2006. It would be laughable except theres so many starving people in Yemen.

By Jane at 09:21 AM | Comments |