Jamil Jaadabi Almotamar.net - The General People's Congress (GPC) was established on 24 August 1982 in the wake of a national dialogue included all groups of the people and their political and social forces .The dialogue was called for by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has put at the forefront of his woes and interests, since the first moment of his election President of the Republic by the Constituent People's Council on 17 July 1978, the search for a formula for a national working theory around which all the sons of the people would meet with the aim of filling the political and organisational vacuum in a manner interacting with principles of the people and their values and the goals of their revolution.
Due to the President's belief that such a job does not represent am individual demand and cannot be left to opinions that might fail to succeed his address was directed to all forces of the people , scholars, thinkers , sheikhs military , intellectuals and others , sounding out their opinions and thoughts on the most suitable means and working way for the establishment of a national dialogue that would agree on a working form for a national charter that would embody actual participation and the will of the people and their aspirations.
The process of the national dialogue began in late 1978 when president Ali Abdullah Saleh asked a committee of thinkers, scholars and intellectuals from inside and outside the People's Council to draw up a draft for a national charter to be put to discussion and that drafting had taken an enough time and then was referred to the president so that to move with the draft to the second step of dialogue. A meeting was held for its discussion. The meeting comprised of members of the cabinet, military commands, the governors of provinces and the higher commission of the general federation of bodies of national cooperation for development. The draft was enriched with many remarks and practical ideas springing from the applied reality and expertise of the state establishments and needs and requirements of the comprehensive development.
The additions and amendments were referred to the commission to draft the preliminary form of the draft charter. Thus the draft became a project resulted from wider participation and more opinions. But that were just the beginnings that the dialogue approach included and which the president had adopted and made of it a distinguished school that is still absent from the dialogue.
Here it is now the opportunity is convenient to test the political and intellectual forces and to urge them for a great national action. Thus was the wise decision of the participation of all colors of the political spectra and thus the republican decree issued in 1980 on the setting up of the committee o the national dialogue that included 50 members from various political and intellectual affiliations to discuss the best convenient form for filling the political and organisational vacuum and to it was referred the preliminary amended draft of the project.
The national dialogue commission began its first meeting o 21 June 1980 with all conditions of dialogue were available for it. Under those conditions the national dialogue commission met for the first time in the contemporary history of Yemen with different political affiliations at one level after they were separated and conflicting.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi chaired on Thursday a meeting of the Supreme Military and Security Committee.
The meeting touched upon the latest developments on the ground and the current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a which represents a threat to security, stability and public tranquility in the city and coincides with current efforts to bring in a solution for the current crisis.
The UN annual report of the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) has said that Yemen is one of the most food-insecure countries in the world.
"Conflict, economic downturn, low agricultural productivity and poverty have made Yemen one of the most food-insecure countries in the world", according to the SOFI 2014 report published on Tuesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
"Besides restoring political security and economic stability, the government aims to reduce hunger by one-third by 2015 and to make 90 percent of the population food-secure by 2020."
The report showed that the government also "aims to reduce the current critical rates of child malnutrition by at least one percentage point per year."
The Assistant of the UN Secretary-General and his Special Adviser for Yemen Jamal Benomar on Wednesday held talks with Abdul Malik al-Houthi in the province of Saada in the framework of consultations with concerned parties in order to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis in Yemen.
Benomar said that the talks, which lasted three hours, focused on solutions to the crisis that can be agreed on by all parties and be based on the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue conference.
The Human Rights Watch has announced today granting its Alison Des Forges Award for the Extraordinary Activism for 2014 to four activists including Yemeni female activist Arwa Abdu Othman.
HRW said in a release posted in the organization's website, the prestigious award has been granted this year to four courageous activists from North Korea, Africa, India and Yemen.
"The winners are among voices calling for justice in their countries and working tirelessly for protecting rights of others and their dignity," said the organization, making it clear that it chose Arawa Othman because she is a key activist working for ending child marriage in Yemen.
A military raid on houses in Hota town of Lahj province resulted on Sunday in arresting three terrorists elements, a military source at the Fourth Military Region Command said.
The military source said that a number of automatic weapons and RPG launchers and silencer pistol were found during the raid, noting that the military and security services are still investigating and pursuing the remnants of the terrorist elements and cells who fled from the area.
The European Union has denounced any act aiming at diminishing the political transfer in Yemen, stressing that parties involved in armed clashes must abandon their weapons they seized from state's army and to abide by effective laws.
In a release issued by the EU Commission today on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy under the motto "Sharing Youth in the Democratic Process," it made it clear the world is focusing on involving youth in the democratic process.
"Half of the population in Yemen is under 15 years and one third of the population is between 15-29," the release said. The released added that the Yemeni youth cannot wait more as they are aspiring for more prosperous future and calling for a new Yemen people share power and resources away of dominance of any group or individuals.
President Abd-Rabb Mansour Hadi on Saturday met with a number of Sheikhs, dignitaries, and social figures from Heziaz area, southern the capital Sana'a.
Hadi during the meeting said that Yemen now is facing critical situation due to current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a, which needs more caution and avoiding not entering in a conflict with Houthi armed militias.
"We don't mind, and under the constitution and laws, to organize peaceful protests, but trying to storm government facilities, schools, police stations or houses is something forbidden,'' President Hadi said.
He urged everyone to bear his national responsibility in order to avoid fighting in the capital
Yemen's ambassador to the United Kingdom Abdullah al-Radi met on Friday in London with British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Tobias Ellwood.
In the meeting, al-Radi and Ellwood discussed the underway arrangements for the next meeting of Friends of Yemen Group scheduled on September 24 in New York, as well as the aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The British minister confirmed his country's strong support to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to complete the entitlements of the transitional stage and translate the outcomes of the national dialogue conference (NDC). He stressed that the international community would not allow any group or party to obstruct Yemen's exit march to the prospects of harmony ,peace, development and prosperity.