Elisenda Ballesté

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Political Consciousness in Yemen: Enough To Topple the Government?

By Elisenda Ballesté

Very few observers would have thought that January’s revolts in Tunis would lead to the fall of President Ben Ali. Even fewer would have predicted the domino effect that Tunisian citizens would pass on to their fellow Muslims in the region. Yet, popular protests against the regimes in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, and even Syria and Iran, quickly followed. This article focuses on Yemen, the poorest Arab country and one, like many other Middle Eastern countries, in which the President has remained in power for more than three decades.