The Republic of Yemen was established in 1990 following unification of the former Yemen Arab Republic (North) and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South). A president, prime minister and cabinet, and an elected parliament govern it.
Islamic and traditional ideals, beliefs and practices provide the foundation of the country’s customs and laws. Yemen is a developing country, and modern tourist facilities, except in the major cities, are not widely available. The capital city is Sanaa.