Start date: 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Areas of expertise: Constitutional Law, International Law, Human Rights
Highlights: 3 projects, 3 workshops, 1 study tour


In events related to the so-called Arab Spring, there were also a large number of protests in Yemen as of January 2011. The police and military took violent action against the demonstrators, with government troops and tribal fighters engaging in violent skirmishes. On 23 November 2011, President Ali Abdullah Salih signed an agreement signalling his resignation within 30 days.

On 22 January 2012, Ali Abdullah Saleh formally handed over power to Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi and travelled via Oman to the USA, where he recieved medical treatment. The presidential elections took place on 21 February 2012. The only presidential candidate, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president of Yemen. The southern part of the country called for a boycott of the election. With the election, a two year transitional period began in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative. The new president is obliged to initiate a structured National Dialogue, and the future state is to be founded according to the consensus on the degree of decentralisation, the future political system and other principles. This consensus is to be codified in the form of a new constitution, a law on local government and administration (“Local Government Law”), an electoral law and other necessary laws by February 2014.

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