World Country People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen

About the world country People's Democratic Republic of South Yemen, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: Southern Arabian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Aden (Arabian Sea), in the Middle East. Size: 128,559 sq. mi. (332,968 sq. km.). Population: 1,866,000.

Who Really Rules: South Yemen (with its capital at Aden) is ruled by the communist Yemeni Socialist party. There have been several leadership changes in the past few years, their long-term result being the replacement of former guerrilla leaders with technocrats. The Aden government seeks unification with North Yemen, under Socialist party leadership, and it has pursued this course through negotiation, border war, and assassination.

South Yemen receives military assistance and advice from the Soviet Union and its allies, and the Soviet fleet in the Indian Ocean regularly refuels at Aden. Reportedly, Russian, East German, and Cuban advisers have had a hand in recent party leadership shake-ups.

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