Almotamar.net - Sana’a-President Ali Abdullah Saleh has affirmed Tuesday that the era of coups has gone and no way for the peaceful transfer of power except via ballot boxes. During his meeting today members of the General People’s Congress (GPC) parliamentary bloc , attended by the GPC’s organisation leadership, the President congratulated them on the Democracy Day of 27 April.
President Saleh pointed out that this day represents an outstanding title for the option of the pluralist democracy chosen by the Yemeni people as a means for construction and making progress in the homeland, emphasizing adherence to democracy as an approach not to be departed and respect of the popular will expressed in ballot boxes.
The president has also greeted the members of the GPC parliamentary bloc who have not got weakened or affected by some voices or fell down as some did like autumn tree levees. He described them as example of awareness and steadfastness and rare courage, allegiance and truthfulness.
The president said that what is happening now is a reflection of what happened in 2006 where there is a singling out between who voted ‘no’ in the ballot boxes and created the crisis and caused the halt of the economic and services activity and whom “we see in the sit-in squares standing against the constitutional legitimacy and between those who voted in Yes. These millions whom we see in public squares and streets in different provinces and in the two squares of Al-Tahrir and Al-Saben in the capital, they say yes for the constitutional legitimacy, the security and stability.”
Meanwhile, President Saleh has reviewed all efforts and initiatives made for solving the crisis, clarifying the concessions he has presented for avoiding bloodshed and dragging the homeland down to sedition and conflict, the latest of which are efforts of the brothers in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The President noted that the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) remained clinging to their stances and refusing to respond to the calls and dialogues and continued dealing with recklessness and obstinacy and caused infliction of great damage on the homeland and the citizens.
President Saleh emphasised, “We are not against the change but in the democratic peaceful way and within the frame of the constitution and respect for the will of the people,” adding that the homeland has been built throughout the past years despite of all the tempests and challenges, among them the war of the summer of 1994 and the war of Saada for six times.
He maintained that despite of that great accomplishments have been achieved. And now the parties of the JMP and their partners from the Houthis, elements of al-Qaeda organization and coup elements from the military are endeavoring to destroy them and staging a coup against democracy and constitutional legitimacy. The President said “This will not be accepted by our people and they will protect their accomplishments and gains under the revolution, republic, unity and the democratic pluralist approach. They don’t believe in democracy or the political pluralism and they are against local rule and peaceful transfer of power.”
President Saleh added this crisis has disclosed all the cards, the ones believing in principles who stood on their feet and the defeatist ones, those elements that their desertion of the GPC has liberated it from them. He said the GPC has proved that it is a popular organisation coming from among the ranks of the people and its members entertain the highest degrees of patriotism, responsibility and keenness on the homeland and its constants and accomplishments.
On the GCC initiative, the President indicated that it has been welcomed and dealt with as integral system, not liable to division and selectivity and within the frame of the constitution.
The GPC MPs reviewed the exerted efforts to end the crisis, specially the Gulf efforts, and affirmed support to the constitutional legislation as well as respecting the will of people which they showed via voting.
They rejected any coup on democracy and the constitutional legitimacy, stressing that the constitutional institution will continue to be firm and active in performing its tasks to protect achievements of the county, topped by unity and democracy.