Republic of Yemen
Political Status: Independent Islamic Arab republic established by the merger of the former Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) on May 22, 1990.
Area: 205,355 sq. mi. (531,869 sq. km), encompassing 75,290 sq. mi. (130,065 sq. km) of the former Yemen Arab Republic and 195,000 sq. mi. (336,869 sq. km) of the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen.
Population: 25,645,365 (2012E—UN); 24,771,809 (2012E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (including suburbs, 2005E): SANA (1,625,000).
Official Language: Arabic.
Monetary Unit: Yemeni Rial (market rate November 5, 2012: 214.60 rials = $1US).
President: Abd Rabbo Mansour HADI (General People’s Congress), elected to an interim two-year term on February 21, 2012.
Vice President: (vacant)
Prime Minister: Mohammed Salem Basindwa (General People’s Congress); appointed by vice president Hadi ...