Yemen – Presidential election

There was a presidential election in Yemen on 21 February. The election was held in the context of the peace deal that was brokered towards the end of last year.

There was one candidate at the election, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi. He was previously Vice President and was Acting President following the deal that led to President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepping down.

At the election, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi won 99.8% of the vote. The turnout was reported to be 65%.

In a previous post, I asked the following question, ‘has Yemen’s current constitution been suspended?’ I still don’t have an answer. So, I am assuming that the constitution is still operational and that, therefore, Yemen is still constitutionally semi-presidential. Certainly, there is still a prime minister. PM Muhammad Salim Basindwah was appointed in December, again as part of the peace deal.

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