In a little less than a month, on June 18, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference will be half way over. This reconciliatory meeting of over 500 representatives from all over Yemen is meant to draw a road map for Yemen’s future including the drafting of a new constitution and laying the groundwork for national elections in early 2014.
The UAE is progressing steadily because of the unity and synergy among the Emirates’ rulers, said His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
In an interview with Sharjah TV, Dr Shaikh Sultan criticised those who would like to make a lot of noise about the UAE “just for the sake of talking”, without realising what has been achieved in this country since the federation.
The trial of 94 UAE Islamist dissidents accused of plotting to seize power in the Gulf state resumed on Tuesday, as rights groups urged Britain to pressure the visiting Emirati president on their behalf.
Only 86 defendants, including 13 women, were present at the top state security court in the United Arab Emirates, WAM state news agency reported. The rest are being tried in absentia.
The women defendants have been on bail since the trial began on March 4. The hearing was adjourned until Monday after the court panel heard defence testimony.