General Country Information The Republic of Yemen was declared in 1990 with the reunification of North Yemen and South Yemen. The President Ali Abdullah Saleh became the first elected president of the Republic of Yemen and was reelected in 2006. Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Mujur was installed march 2007. Yemen has a high population growth rate of 3,4% and according to a 2007 estimate the population is now 22,2 million in total, of which about 55% is Sunni and 42% Shia. Literacy is low at 50.2% More general information is available at BBC Country Profile and CIA World Factbook. See also information at Wikipedia in both English and Arabic. Official information can be found at the official website of the Yemen Government in Arabic and English.