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General information
Common nameYemen
Local nameالجمهورية اليمنية
al-Jumhūrīyah al-Yamanīyah
Nameالجمهورية اليمنية
al-Jumhūrīyah al-Yamanīyah
Mottoالله، الوطن، الثورة، الوحدة  (Arabic)
"Allah, al-Watan, ath-Thawrah, al-Wahdah" (transliteration)
"God, Country, Revolution, Unity"
AnthemUnited Republic
Largest citySana‘a
Official languagesYemeni Arabic
DemonymYemeni, Yemenite
GovernmentUnitary Presidential System
PresidentAli Abdullah Saleh
Prime MinisterAli Muhammad Mujawar
LegislatureAssembly of Representatives
North Yemen independence from the Ottoman EmpireNovember 1, 1918
South Yemen independence from the United KingdomNovember 30, 1967
UnificationMay 22, 1990
Total Area203849 sq mi (527968.9 km2) (50th)
Water %negligible
Population Est.23580000 (51st)
Population census22230531 (July 2007)
Density (pop.)44.7/km2 (160th) (115.7/sq mi)
GDP PPP$58.218 billion (2009)
GDP (PPP) per capita$2,457
GDP (nominal)$25.131 billion (2009)
GDP (nominal) per capita$1,061
Other information
HDI(+) 0.439 (2007) (low) (133rd)
CurrencyYemeni rial (YER)
Drives on theright
Calling code967

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The Republic of Yemen ( ), commonly known as Yemen c-enaudio=En-us-Yemen.oggˈjɛmən ( ), is a country located in the Middle East, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, and Oman to the east.

Yemen has a land area of 555,000 square kilometers and a population of approximately 24 million (2010). Its capital and largest city is Sana'a. Yemen's territory includes over 200 islands, the largest of which is Socotra, about 415 km to the south of mainland Yemen, off the coast of Somalia. It is the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a purely republican form of government (though not in practice).

In February and March 2011, an uprising against the government began, and clashes with police and pro-government supporters have steadily intensified. Many protestors demand the immediate resignation of the current leadership, and in particular that of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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