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South Yemenis call for separation

Apr 28 2014
Yemen
Source: 
Middle East Monitor

Thousands of members of the Peaceful Southern Movement gathered in Aden and Mukala, Yemen, yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the civil war and announced their refusal of the new federation system, calling instead for independence from the north.

They raised the flag of the state of north Yemen and other posters calling for "liberation and independence". The movement is headed by Hassan Ba'oum.

Yemen’s federal plan bold idea, but hurdles remain

Feb 24 2014
Yemen
Source: 
The Daily Star Lebanon

The ink was barely dry on President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi’s plan to stabilize chaotic Yemen before the objections started pouring in.

Leader of a nation seemingly on the brink of breakdown for years, Hadi had hoped he could appease rival political groups by creating a federal state of six regions that would give each more say over political, social, economic and security affairs.

To date, few factions appear placated, a reality that bodes ill for a country already battling endemic poverty, poor governance, regional insurgencies and Al-Qaeda militancy.

Yemen: Ready for change?

Feb 03 2014
Yemen
Source: 
Al Sahwa

Yemen's National Dialogue Conference concluded on January 25 [EPA]

Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is not known for his skill as an orator. During interviews and at public events he seems stiff, ill at ease and disconnected. He rarely speaks freely, choosing instead to read out pre-written comments. But at a recent meeting in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, he was passionate, and seemed at several points to be on the verge of bursting into tears.

PM expelled for the second time

Aug 29 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Felix News Agency

For the second time, Prime Minister Muhammad Basendowa was forced to discontinue his speech. He was ousted during the Youth General Conference which was being broadcasted live on Yemen Official Television.
Basendowa said during his speech, “The Yemen unity, in its present political form, is not acceptable,” causing an uproar amongst the youths. This uproar is what forced Basendowa to abruptly leave the conference.

President Hadi establishes committee to mediate houthi-salafi conflict in Sa'ada

Aug 22 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

SA’ADA, Aug. 21 — President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi established a committee on Wednesday tasked with ending the renewed clashes in Damaj, Sa’ada between the Houthis affilaites and Salafis. 

President Hadi ordered the committee to meet with five representatives from each group in order to reach a solution to the conflict, said Hassn Zaid, head of the Al-Haq Party.  

Three Damaj residents were killed and eight wounded Tuesday and Wednesday after the two sides exchanged gunfire, Damaj resident Mohammed Al-Wadei said. Machine guns and bazookas were used during the clashes. 

President Hadi negotiates with southern movement to resume NDC participation

Aug 21 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

SANA’A, Aug. 19—Discussions to resume participation of the Southern Movement and southern representatives of other parties in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) are ongoing between President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and leaders of the major Southern Movement faction, the Southern People’s Conference (SPC). Southerners suspended their participation in the NDC last Tuesday to protest the ‘slow’ resolution of the Southern Issue.

NDC approves new electoral system

Jul 26 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Felix News Agency

The state building team at the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) voted on the choice of the closed proportional representation as an electoral system for Yemen.
The proportional system obtained 97.7 percent of the members of the team, while the mixed system obtained only one vote.
Meanwhile, the state building team approved a constitutional article including the woman quota and another suggestion which stipulate,

Ministerial committee to implement 20 points

Jul 12 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Felix News Agency

The cabinet established in its regular meeting last Tuesday a committee to review what has been carried out of the 20 and 11 points, plus preparing a matrix for executive procedures.
The committee consists of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Interior, Finance, Planning, International Cooperation, the Local Administration and Legal Affairs, Civil Service, Human Rights Ministers plus the Minister of State Hassan Ahmed Sharaf al-Din.

Scer hiring for electronic elector registration campaign

Jul 08 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

SANA’A, July 6 — The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) announced on Thursday the start of the registration process for those interested in working with the technical coordinating committees on the new electronic elector registration campaign. SCER is in particular need of computer technicians for the campaign, they stated. 

SCER finished preparations for the electronic system last month to prepare for elections in February 2014, as outlined by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative. 

Government to establish temporary committees to assist the Cabinet

Jul 04 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

SANA’A, July 4 — The Yemeni government intends to improve its weak performance by establishing temporary ministry committees to assist the cabinet, reported the state-run newspaper, Al-Thwara. 

The committees will be tasked with solving urgent issues stemming from the 2011 uprising and will help ensure a successful transitional phase, said Rajeh Badi, media advisor of Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa. 

The role of the committees will be operational and technical, assisting the government with health, educational and infrastructure projects. 

Hadi resolves parliamentary dispute

Jul 01 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has mediated a month-and-a-half-long dispute between the General People’s Congress (GPC) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) that led to the boycott of Parliament sessions by the JMP. 

With a majority in Parliament, the GPC has been able to pass legislation without the support or presence of the JMP. The JMP insists that decisions should be made according to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and its implementation mechanism, not by majority vote. 

PARLIAMENT WITHDRAWS CONFIDENCE AGAINST LEGAL AFFAIRS MINISTER

Jun 27 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

Parliament voted to withdraw confidence against the Minister of Legal Affairs, Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi, during a Parliament session on Monday. 

The session included 60 members of Parliament; Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) members were absent as they have pledged to boycott Parliament sessions until President Hadi implements comprehensive reforms.  

Head of Parliament Yahia Al-Ra’i threatened to suspend further Parliament sessions unless confidence had been withdrawn against the minister, who represents the Socialist party.

REFERENDUM FOR NEW CONSTITUTION TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 15

Jun 24 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Yemen Times

A referendum for the new Yemeni constitution will be held on 15 October, the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) has announced. 

Judge Abdulmon’m Al-Eryani, the head of the Media and Elector Awareness Sector of the SCER told Yemen Times that the scheduling of the referendum is conditional on the progress of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC). SCER has informed various political parties and groups participating in the drafting of the constitution to start finalizing their work, Al-Eryani said. 

Labor Party kicks off in Yemen

Jun 24 2013
Yemen
Source: 
Felix News Agency

Amid widespread presence , Yemeni Labor Party held its Constituent Conference last Thursday in Sana’a within the multi-party context taking place in our country to officially publicize the Yemeni Labor Party was under the slogan: (with work  we build a homeland), which is one of the fledgling political parties in Yemen .

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