Due to political unrest, the information on these pages may not reflect current conditions in the country.

Key Figures

Chief of State:
President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr


Government Name:
Republic of Yemen
Adopted: 1991; Defines the republic as independent, sovereign, Arab, and an Islamic country. Also establishes sharia, or Islamic law, as the basis of all laws.
Government Type:
Republic of Yemen Flag
Coat of Arms of Republic of Yemen

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2015)

Country Risk Rating

The highest-risk political and economic situation and the most difficult business environment. Corporate default is likely. Source: Coface (2018)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

Supreme commander of the armed forces and head of the executive branch of the Yemeni government.

President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system, Prime Minister is appointed by the president, and the Shura Council (Majlis Alshoora) 111 members are appointed by the president.

7 years


Theoretically independent but in reality it is prone to interference from the executive branch.

Appointed by executive branch.

Until dismissal by executive branch


Enacts laws, sanctions general state policy and the socioeconomic plan, and approves government budgets and final accounts.

House of Representatives (Majlis Annowab) 301 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

6 years

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
Information not available


  1. ElectionGuide http://www.electionguide.org/
  2. EY, http://www.ey.com
  3. CIA World Factbook, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/