Almotamar.net Gulf News - Sanaa: The Yemeni Parliament has voted against the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, retracting a majority vote for it on March 24.
The 83 members (out of the 133 attending members) who voted against agreement said it was contradicting the constitution and Islamic Sharia, and the remaining 50 voted in favour saying it was in harmony with the constitution and Sharia.
On March 24, the statute was approved by a majority from all parties in a second session held to vote on the statute.
The Secretary General of the ruling People's General Congress, Abdul Qader Bajammal criticised yesterday the Parliamentary bloc of his party for voting against agreement, denying interference from President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
After the vote there was a rumour that the overwhelming majority of the ruling party had received instructions from President Saleh to cancel their previous vote for the agreement.
"Did you know that Yemen hosted an international conference in 2004 on the ICC and it was chaired by President Ali Abdullah Saleh?" Bajammal asked.
On April 6 the International coordinator of the Coalition of ICC, William R. Pace had sent a letter to President Saleh urging him to "approve the Parliament's important vote without delay".
The Yemeni coordinator of the CICC for Middle East and North Africa, Amal Basha declined to comment on the Parliament recantation.
"I have no comment on this retraction. I would only say, the young parliament will vote for the Rome Statute instead of the adult Parliament," Amal Basha said.
In Saturday's session chaired by Deputy Speaker, Yahya Al Ra'ee, some 81 MPs voted against and 50 voted in favour of it.
The supporters of ICC considered the step as a flagrant violation of the constitution and bylaws because the Parliament had already voted the Rome Statute and had addressed a letter to the President Saleh for the completion of the procedures. The letter was submitted to Saleh on March 26.
MP Mansour Al Zandani, one of those who oppose the ICC, said the vote against the ICC had represented a genuine willingness of the Parliament to adhere to the Sharia and constitution and by-laws.
But MP Shawqi Al Qadi said, "This vote does not mean anything because the Parliament has voted and now the ball is in President Saleh's court, and it is only him now who has the right to ratify or to return it to Parliament."
President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh Al-Sammad chaired an extended meeting here at the Defence Ministry headquarters with Acting Defense Minister Hussein Khiran and Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Zakaria al-Shami.
The meeting took place on Sunday at the presence of the Deputy of the Supreme of Political Council Kasim Labouza and Head of the Military and Security Committee, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah al-Kawsi.
Saudi aggression fighter jets waged nine air strikes on Saada province overnight, a security official said on Monday.
The first raid targeted Ghamer area in Razah district and the other strike dropped cluster bombs on Takhiya area of Bakim district, injuring a citizen
The UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived on Sunday in Sana’a for a two-day visit.
In a statement to the media, Ahmed said that “I am currently visiting Sana’a following a long period since my last visit. The fact is that this period is a difficult one for the Yemeni people as painful and hard events took place during