By: almotamar.net - SANA'A- President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on local councils at both governorate and district level to hold their first meeting at the administrative centers on 1 November this year.
This came in the decision No (21) for 2006 regarding calling on local councils to meet.
The final results of the local council elections showed that the General People's Congress (GPC) won 315 seats at the level of governorates, representing 74.12 percent of the contested seats. Then Islah Party followed, with 28 seats (6.59 percent), while the independent candidates got 20 seats (4.71 percent), the Yemeni Socialist Party got 10 seats (2.35 percent) and the National Social party got only one seat.
At the level of districts, the GPC got 5,078 seats, or 73.75 percent of the total contested; the Islah Party got 794 seats, or 11.50 percent; the Yemeni Socialist Party got 171 seats, or 2.48 percent; the independent candidates got 571 seats, or 8.27 percent; and the Nasserite Popular Unionist Party got 26 seats, representing 0.38 percent; the Federation of Yemeni popular forces got eight seats or 0.12 percent, the National Arab Socialist Ba’ath party won two seats with 0.03 percent, and one seat went to each of the following parties: the Al-Haq party, the Democratic Union of Popular Forces, and Socialist Arab Ba’ath party.
The United Nations has warned of the accelerating collapse of basic services in Yemen due to the aggression, siege and fighting which was described as “devastating.”
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw said in a press conference in Cairo that the current estimations indicate that more than 14 million people in Yemen cannot get sufficient health care.
He noted that 20 governorates, out of 22 governorates, are affected and that about 2.3 million people were forced to leave their homes which created a deteriorating and desperate humanitarian situation over the past seven months, stressing the importance of promptly finding out a political solution before it is over.
The UN official said that 3 million children and women are in need for medication because of malnutrition while 1.8 million children are deprived of schooling since March.
Klaauw pointed out the increasing deterioration of the basic services as a direct result of the dispute and the lack of necessary supplies to pay salaries or to cover maintenance costs.
Oxfam welcomed on Friday the changing of the British policy on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia which is used in its aggression against Yemen.
The Oxfam emphasized citizens are in the fire line not only because of weapons, but also of the siege imposed on Yemen which affected its main services and economy.
Josephine Hatton, director of the Middle East program at Oxfam, said in a statement the organization welcomed the alteration of the British attitude towards the denial of Saudi Arabia in targeting citizens in its airstrikes against Yemen, and insisting to conduct serious investigations in that regard.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond called on Thursday to carry out a serious investigation on the Saudi air raids against Yemen.
In an interview with the BBC, Hammond said the denial of Saudi in targeting citizens by its airstrikes against Yemen since March is not enough, serious investigations must been conducted in that regard.
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in front of the Faculty of Agriculture in Ibb University, a security source said.
"The explosion did not cause any casualties," the source said, noting that the suicide bomber detonated himself before he was arrested by the security men, who noticed he was wearing an explosive belt.
The Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) organization said on Monday that thousands of Yemeni people still incapable to receive medical care because of the absence of transportation means and closing the health facilities.
In its statement, the MSF said many of health facilities have totally or partly been destroyed as a result of the airstrikes and war in the country.
MOSCOW– Russia affirmed on Saturday its support to the exerted efforts to hold a new talks' round on the Yemeni crisis and with the participation of the various sides.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said, in its statement issued Saturday, it is important to do all the possible efforts in order to end violence in Yemen and reach peace all over the country via implementing dialogue gathering all the Yemeni political powers.