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 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seriously concerned about an increase in fighting in the city of Taiz.
In a press release issued on Friday, the ICRC said that there has been indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, and essential infrastructure is being destroyed.
"We call on the parties on the ground in Taiz to allow the safe passage of ambulances, medical workers and aid workers so that lives can be saved and the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance can be made possible," said the head of the ICRC in Taiz, Olivier Chassot.
The ICRC indicated that the health situation in the governorate is particularly dire. The handful of hospitals still functioning are having to deal with large numbers of wounded people as well as severe shortage of supplies. The ICRC has had serious difficulties in delivering lifesaving medical and surgical supplies to a number of hospitals in Taiz.
The European Union (EU) has affirmed that the recent airstrikes on Hodeida port imposed an immediate hindrance to imports food, fuel, medicines and other supplies.
A joint Statement by the Spokespersons of the High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the bombings in Yemen of port facilities in Hodeida said:
“The current conflict in Yemen is having a dramatic impact on the civilian population whose needs have reached alarming proportions. Access for the delivery of humanitarian aid and essential supplies, including fuel, food and basic commodities to ordinary Yemenis remains extremely difficult.
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described the humanitarian situation in Yemen as catastrophic.
"The humanitarian situation is nothing short of catastrophic. Every family in Yemen has been affected by this conflict. The people are facing immense hardship. And it is getting worse by the day. The world needs to wake up to what is going on," said Peter Maurer, who just ended a three-day visit to Yemen on Tuesday.
"The compounded effects of intense fighting and import restrictions are having a dramatic impact on health care," Maurer said. "Health facilities have been massively attacked as well as suffering collateral damage."
President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer has said that the ICRC will expand its activities in Yemen.
In a press conference in Sana’a on Sunday, Maurer affirmed that his visit will achieve positive and prompt results with regards to the humanitarian response in Yemen.
He said that he is optimistic that the visit will result in doubling the ICRC efforts to face this “disastrous” situation as what the ICRC and its partners currently provide cannot cover all the humanitarian aspects, specially that the country is under siege.
The Saudi aggression continued on Sunday to launch airstrikes on several governorates in the country.
A security source said Saudi war jets launched a number of raids on different parts of Hajjah governorate, destroying the building of the Roads and Bridges Authority in Haradh town in addition to many air raids carried out by drones in the town.
The Saudi warplanes also launched many raids on al-Hamara area of Lahj governorate, which led to numerous fatalities, including women and children. More than 16 sorties were carried out against areas of Muthalath al-Anad, al-Anad Air Base, Abain and Karesh, the source said.
In Dhamar governorate, the Saudi warplanes launched an airstrike targeted the Yemeni Economic Corporation building in Ma'abar city.
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.