Almotamar.net - The ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) party in Yemen and parties of the National Alliance Parties (NAP) have affirmed on Tuesday going ahead in the endeavor for holding the parliamentary elections in their constitutional date in April 2011.
A statement by the NAP, obtained by the Almotamar.net, mentioned that the parties of the JMP have used the dialogue called for the GPC and the NAP as a card for impeding the elections and refused all of the initiatives, ideas and proposals presented by the GPC and the NAP and even the suggestions proposed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as he is sponsor of the dialogue and responsible for protection of the constitution and the law.
The statement added that the JMP refused proposals by the President of the republic , the GPC and the NAP containing the re-formation of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) in order to revising and amending elector records during the remaining period on the date of holding the parliamentary elections and preparation for them as well as guaranteeing the holding of elections on time and formation of a national unity government to undertake supervising the upcoming elections and formation of a committee from the parties represented in the parliament and that to agree on the constitutional amendments presented by the two sides , in addition to commitment to partnership in a government of national unity which would supervise the parliamentary elections during the remaining period for holding the elections as well as after the elections regardless of results of the elections.
The statement clarified that the final voting by the parliament on amending the elections law came after the exhaustion of all means and ways before the GPC and the AP to reach any understanding with parties of the JMP that sought for using the dialogue as a means for impeding the political life and an excuse for staging a coup against the democratic pursuit and altering the understandings as alternative of constitutional texts, and the parties instead of constitutional institutions.
The statement considered the voting on amendments of the elections law was but a final voting on amendments already discussed and approved article by article by al members of the parliament and its blocs, including the JMP’s blocs, in August 2008. Then the final voting was postponed after the JMP turned against the agreement and refused presenting a list of the names of its representatives in the SCER. out of his keenness on finding understanding among parties of the dialogue , the President gave his directives to withdraw the draft law when it was put on the parliament agenda , so that to reach an understanding.
The statement added that the amendments contained in the elections law were most of them proposed by the JMP and remarks of the European Union team were taken into consideration, but just for the final voting the parties of the JMP turned against it completely.
The statement said the JMP rejection of forming the SCER from judges is another coup against their agreements with the GPC. That was their demand and was included in the principles agreement signed by the GPC and the JMP before the presidential and local elections in 2006. This step was taken after the use of all ways for finding understanding with the JMP to re-form the SCER.
The GPC and the NAP have also renewed the call on all political parties and organisations to take part in the elections and call on local and international civil society organisations to participate in monitoring the elections.
The GPC and the NAP emphasized that the Yemeni people are the first and last owners of the right to give legitimacy to who to govern them via the elections and choosing those representing them in the legislative power “we are confident that masses of the Yemeni people will be on the watch to any attempts for impeding the holding of the elections as constitutional and democratic right.”
The GPC and the NAP refuse attempts of the JMP leading the country into constitutional vacuum and they consider talks of the JMP about the people as just part of the mechanism of deceit and misleading practiced by those parties. parties of the JMP are responsible of disasters to the people by fabricating crises , hindering the development process and encouraging acts violating the constitution and the law, whether in Saada province or in some districts in the south and the east and the terrorist acts , making practice of these parties as an image of political demagogy . The Yemeni people have decided adoption of democracy as pursuit and the elections as means for peaceful transfer of power and they would defend their right to select their representatives in the legislative power
The United Nations has announced that the number of Yemeni internally displaced persons (IDPs) due the military aggression had doubled in less than two weeks.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the number of Yemeni IDPs had increased twice in 19 governorates since 17 April 2015 when 150 thousand Yemeni IDPs were registered.
It warned of the gravity of situations in Yemen because of the aggression.
The statement pointed out that the big number of IDPs are from the northern Hajjah governorate, in addition to southern Al-Dhalea and Abyan governorates.
Amnesty International has called for investigating the killing of hundreds of civilians, including scores of children, by the Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes across Yemen.
"The month-long campaign of air strikes carried out by Saudi Arabia and its allies has transformed many parts of Yemen into a dangerous place for civilians," said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme.
"Millions of people have been forced to live in a state of utter terror, afraid of being killed at home. Many feel they are left with no choice but to move away from their destroyed villages to an uncertain future."
The UN has stated that more than 550 civilians have been killed including more than 100 children since the military campaign began on 25 March.
Amnesty International said it has documented eight strikes in five densely populated areas, which are Sa'ada, Sana'a, Hodeida, Hajjah and Ibb, noting that several of these strikes raised concerns about compliance with the rules of international humanitarian law.
According its research, Amnesty International said at least 139 people, including at least 97 civilians, 33 of whom were children were killed during the strikes, and 460 individuals were injured, at least 157 whom are civilians.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appealed member states and civil society organizations (CSOs) to provide humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, especially medical supplies to cope with the big number of injured as a result of the military aggression.
The Secretary General of the OIC Iyad Madani said, in a statement issued Monday, that the OIC is holding consultations with several civil society organizations that have consultative status in the organization to provide food and medical and humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has renewed his country's desire to resolve Yemen's crisis in Yemen through talks, revealing that his government urges Iran to play a role in bringing various Yemeni parties to the dialogue.
In his statement issued Monday, Sharif said that his country wants to resolve Yemen crisis through talks.
He added that Islamabad urged Tehran to play a role to bring conflicting parties in Yemen to the dialogue table, the official news agency of Pakistan quoted the Prime Minister as saying in a statement.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday reminded all sides to the conflict in Yemen to ensure that attacks resulting in civilian casualties are promptly investigated and that international human rights and international humanitarian law are scrupulously respected during the conduct of hostilities in the country.
In addition to hundreds of fighters, at least 364 civilians are reported to have lost their lives since March 26, including at least 84 children and 25 women. Another 681 civilians – possibly more – have been injured. Dozens of public buildings, including hospitals, schools, airports and mosques have been destroyed in airstrikes, through shelling and other attacks.
Professor Feaqa al-Saeed Ba'alawy, Assistant Secretary-General of the GPC, chaired a meeting of the civil society.
The meeting discussed a number of issues and challenges facing the country, particularly the Saudi brutal aggression on the country.
The UN secretary-general has said that two weeks of Saudi-led air strikes against Yemen, “have turned an internal political crisis into a violent conflict that risks deep and long-lasting regional repercussions”.
Ban Ki-moon on Thursday told reporters that he was urging all countries in the region to go beyond national priorities and help the Yemeni people, saying “the last thing the region and our world need is more of the chaos and crimes we have seen in Libya and Syria”.
ISLAMABAD: On day five of the joint parliamentary session on Yemen, lawmakers approved a draft resolution proposing that Pakistan “should maintain neutrality in the conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis”.
It further said that the crisis in Yemen could “plunge the region into turmoil”, calling upon the warring factions in Yemen to resolve their differences “peacefully and through dialogue”.
The resolution noted that while the war in Yemen was not sectarian in nature, it had the potential of turning into a sectarian conflict and thereby having a critical fallout in the region, including within Pakistan.
Two planeloads of medical aid landed in Sana'a on Friday.
The planes were sent by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The UNICEF plane contained almost 37 tons of medical aid, which "will be delivered to the Ministry of Public Health and Population, to distribute them to hospitals in the needed areas," said Mohammed al-Asadi, the communication officer at UNICEF.