The presidential Elections
The first presidential elections took place in Yemen on September 23\ 1999. Around 24 persons had applied for the candidacy some of them were partisans and others were non-partisan.
Yemeni constitutions stipulates that every candidate runs for the presidency he ought to gain the recommendation of at least 5 % of the parliament members.
Thereupon , two candidates only who gained the recommendation. Ali Abdullah Saleh the candidate of the People General Congress , the Yemeni Congregation for Reform and the National Council of the Opposition.
The second one was Nageeb Kahtan Al-Sha’abi. He ran as an independent candidate.
The total number of the voters who were registered in the electors lists reached to ( 5.600.119), whereas the number of voters who cast their ballots reached to ( 3.773.941 ).
The rate of the participation reached to (67.37 ).
Ali Abdullah Saleh won (3.583.795) of the votes , that is eventually 96.20 % .
Nageeb Kahtan Al-Sha’abi hardly calculated (141.433) of the votes what it made up 3.80 %.
Constitutional amendments took place in the country in February 2001. The most important of the amendments were the following :
1- Extending the presidency’s term from 5 to 7 years and the parliament’s term to 6 years instead of 4.
2- Abolishment the president’s prerogative to issue republican decrees by laws during the parliament vocation .
3-Authorizing the president of the republic to appoint the members of Al-Shura Council (111members).