Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

Though the wave of violence that began last September has calmed down, the level of apprehension of residents and visitors has not really dropped, especially in the city center.

July 14, 2016 16:34
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Sana’a, Yemen

Sana’a, Yemen. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Present, absent
With elections for the local neighborhood councils scheduled for December, the municipality is seeking new ways to ensure “satisfactory” results. Until now, residents could participate in the voting process without having to prove anything other than that their private address is in the neighborhood where they are voting.

In Kiryat Hayovel, this rule raised fears that haredi residents, usually well-organized, would vote in a bloc, causing the secular residents to lose control over the local council board, even though the ultra-Orthodox presence in the neighborhood constitutes only a small minority.


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