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 government of Yemen and donors held the fourth follow-up meeting today in Sana’a to discuss the progress made in the Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) and the level of aid absorption in the last quarter of this year.
The meeting was chaired by the Yemeni Prime Minister, the Chairman of Executive Bureau to Accelerate Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms Board (EB), Eng. Khalid Bahah, from the government and the World Bank, G4 and GCC Mission representing donors. The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Planning, Finance, Transport, Public Works, Trade number of deputies and government institutions chairmen.
The meeting, which was attended by GCC ambassadors and donors representatives as well as private sector, parliament and CSO representatives, has discussed the policy reforms implementation and absorption of donors’ aid included in the EB’s annual report. The meeting also debated the next steps and mutual commitments of both the government and donors.
Mrs. Amatalim Alsoswa, the EB’s Managing Director, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the significance of the meeting which was held after the formation of the technocratic government led by PM Eng. Khaled Bahah. She also said that the meeting was held after one year passed since the launching of the EB under which worked under exceptional security, political, economic and stability challenges.
“The Yemeni government and donors community should agree on a work plan and a mechanism to increase the level of allocation, approval and disbursement of the remaining funds as well as the development of a National Plan for the Foreign Aid as it represents a primary indicator and regulator of the GoY-donors relationship from one side, and the government.” Mrs. Alsoswa said.
From his side, the Prime Minister stressed that the cabinet targeted a number of priorities in its program. The primary priorities were security, stability, spreading State’s control and push the economic development wheel forward. “The government is working to make the best use of the donors’ pledges and reach high absorption rates for these resources
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the Tuesday bomb attacks in Radaa city in Bayda province, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolgirls.
"There is absolutely no justification for such cowardly terrorist acts that brutally take the lives of innocent civilians, including children", said a statement read by Spokesman for UN Secretary-General.
The statement called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
In the statement , the UN Secretary-General expressed his sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous attacks.
The UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen Affairs Jamal Binomar condemned on Friday the two terrorist attacks which took place on Tuesday in Rada city, Al-Baidha governorate, claiming the lives of 26 people, mostly children.
In a statement issued on Friday, Binomar said that: “As we offer our condolences to the families of the victims, we condemn these two terror attacks.”
An informed source in the local authority in Hodeidah governorate has said that terror elements attacked one of the “Ansar Allah” popular committees location in Kornish street using a booby-trapped car.
members of the popular committees confronted the attack killing two suicide bombers before they blew themselves up while the two others managed to blow themselves up.
The Parliament approved in its meeting on Thursday the Government's general program and voted unanimously to give confidence to the government.
After completing the discussion of the government program, the parliament listened to a report by the parliamentary committee on the main observations made during the debates and directed a number of recommendations to the government
The Republic of Yemen has strongly denounced the Israeli aggression which led to the killing of the Palestinian Minister and Head of Popular Committee Against the Settlement and Apartheid Ziad Abu Ain.
"While the Republic of Yemen denounces this brutal assault, it shoulders Israel the responsibility of this atrocious act that contradicts humanitarian values," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a release issued on Wednesday.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has held in Amman, Jordan, a four-day workshop on the implementation of Yemen's project portfolio.
The workshop, which started on Monday, also intends to review the general conditions and adopted procedures for all IFAD projects and financing agreements.
Representatives of at least 30 relevant bodies take part in the workshop, including Economic Opportunities Fund (EOF), and Ministries of Planning and International Cooperation, Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries.
At the opening session of the workshop, Yemen's project portfolio Director Mohammed Abdul-Qader talked about the importance of applying the IFAD-adopted procedures and regulations of the financing agreement and the general conditions to implement projects, stressing that IFAD's all projects aim to eradicate poverty in rural areas.