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Yemen ‘faces crisis as oil ends’

by Martin Plaut

Yemen is facing an economic and political crisis as the country’s oil resources near exhaustion, a report by a London-based think-tank says.

The Royal Institute for International Affairs warns that instability there could expand a zone of lawlessness from northern Kenya to Saudi Arabia.

It describes Yemen’s democracy as “fragile” and points to armed conflicts with Islamists and tribal insurgents.

One diplomat says that the country’s prospects get worse every month.

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7739402.stm


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