Yemen's ruling party appears set to win election
April 29, 1997
Web posted at: 6:34 p.m. EDT (2234 GMT)
SAN'A, Yemen (CNN) -- The party of President Ali Abdallah Saleh on Tuesday looked set to clinch more than 50 percent of the vote in Yemen parliamentary elections, but it stood accused of widespread fraud by its Islamic rivals.
The independent Election Monitoring Committee, in a rundown of results from 108 of 301 constituencies, said the president's General People's Congress (GPC) won 57.4 percent and its coalition partner, the Islamic party Al-Islah, 18.5 percent.
The remainder of votes in Sunday's elections went to smaller parties, in Yemen's first general poll since a 1994 civil war.
The main opposition Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) boycotted the election.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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