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220 new appointments in Yemen by political affiliation

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:11 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012

President Hadi did what he’s supposed to do; he split the ministries and appointments between the GPC and Islah. The failure of the US sponsored GCC transition plan is that it reinforces partisanship in a hyper-partisan context. The Yemeni parliament- which has been sitting since 2003- deadlocked and was unable to implement required electoral reforms or any reforms for that matter. The stalemate following the 2006 presidential election led to the delay of the 2009 parliamentary election. The opposition parties had little to do with the 2011 revolution in its inception, organization or demands. The revolution was a reaction to the dysfunction of the party system. Yet the US plan divides the ruling apparatus between Saleh’s ruling party (the GPC) and the opposition coalition (the JMP) mainly the Islamic party Islah.

In the process the Obama plan, or the Feierstein plan rather, gave the fundamentalists in Islah a greater credibility, power and status than they had at the height of the revolution when the demand for a civil state (not military and not theocratic) was gaining traction . At the same time, moderates, civil society and democrats remain entirely marginalized and excluded from the political scene. The revolutionary goal was to overcome ingrained corruption, nepotism and cronyism and establish a system based on merit, talent and ability. But when the US divided up the ministries by party, affiliation to the moribund political system took precedence. Again it was loyalty over talent in determining the following 179 229 new administrators. The new hegemony of Islah in the Sanaa school system is concerning for many.

RSF Unveils Dividing Lists in President’s Appointments
Yemenat
The revolution salvation front RSF has disclosed the most important violations involving the president’s decrees, rejecting public job sharing and dividing policy.
The RSF expressed an increasing concern over public job dividing policy, condemning the revolution circumvent and warning about so-called counter-revolution exercised by some forces.
In a statement made by RSF, it called honest national forces to express its anger and to seriously consider managing violations and general resolution manipulation. It also called the President of Yemen to dissociate the military and tribal forces that said it sought tight control of the state through imposing appointing loyal figures.
The technical committee chairman of the peaceful revolution salvation front MP Ahmed Saif Hashid called Islah and GPC affiliating youth forces to free themselves from traditional forces’ dominance of their parties which he said it once again sought control of public affair and exploit country resources for their advantage.
The RSF reported names of the figures appointed by presidential decrees according to their partisan affiliation, with names of the provinces they belong to. The list showed influential figures monopolizing of overall military forces appointments, with general Ali Muhsen, representative of Islah military Flank, ranking as first. The president Hadi ranked as second, followed by the tribal flank representative of Islah party. The RSF lists showed Islah and GPC shared appointments in civic sector, with some injected appointments from other parties.
The presidential decrees are as follows:
Military sector:
S. No Name Title province affiliation
1 General Ali Salem Qaten South military Region commander Shabwa An Abdu Rabo affiliate
2 Mahdi Maqwala Deputy army chief of staff for manpower Sanhan GPC affiliate
3 Brigadier-general Sadeq Saleh Haider Aden Security directorate General Shabwa GPC affiliate
4 Brigadier-general Tareq Mohammed Abdu Alla Saleh 37th Armored Division Brigadier Sanhan GPC affiliate(not started work yet)
5 Brigadier Mohammed Saleh Akahmar Defense Minister’s Assistant for Martial Maft Sanhan GPC affiliate
6 General Staff Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alahmar Deputy staff chairman for land forces affair Sanhan GPC loyal to Ali Muhsen
7 General staff Rowis Abdulah Ali Mujawer Deputy staff chairman for marine forces affair Shabwa GPC
8 Brigagier Mohammed Ali Almaqdashi Deputy staff chairman for technical affair Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
9 Ali Ali Mohammed Algaifi East military Rigion general. 27th martial Division general Hamdan. Sana’a GPC. Loyal to Ali Muhsen
10 General staff Ahmed Saif Muhsen Midst Martial Region General. 12th Infantry Division Lahej GPC loyal to Abdu Rabo
11 Brigadier pilot Ruken Rashed Air Forces Commander Wosab-Dhamar Independent
12 Brigadier Abduallah Salem Ali Abdu Allah Sea Forces Commander Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
13 Colonel pilot Rukn Abdul Malik Chief of Staff of the Air Forces and Air Defence Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmar
14 Brigadier-general: Abdul Rahman Alhalili 3th Armored Division commander. Republican Guards Sana’a. Bani Matar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
15 Brigadier pilot Rukn Faisal Alsubaihi Air Forces Hodeidah 67th Aviation commander Lahej Loyal to Ali Muhsen
16 Colonel Hefdullah Alsadami 29th Division Mika Ibb Loyal to Ali Muhsen
17 Colonel Abdurabo Mahdi 3th Infantry Division Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
18 Colonel Saleh Mohammed Abdu Rabo Special Republican Guards Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
19 Colonel Abdul Khaleq Ahmed Shuwit Staff Major 312 Infantry General Sa’ada Loyal to Ali Muhsen
20 Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Ali Alhubashi 39th Armored Division Staff Ibb Independent
21 Brigadier Naji Ali Alzaidi Defense Minister consultant for Air Defense Affair Mareb GPC
22 Brigadier Ali Nasser Lakha’ Deputy Interior Minister Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
23 Brigadier Abdul Rahman Abdul Hkaleq Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Public Security Sector Amran Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
24 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Alsharqi Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry for Financial Sector Hajja Loyal to Ali Muhsen
25 Brigadier Mohammed Ali Muhsen Alzalab Chief of Prison Dept. Amran Loyal to Ali Muhsen
26 Brigadier Ali Mohammed Alsaeedi Deputy immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. Ibb Islah affiliate
27 Colonel Abdullah Saleh Haran Dean of Police Faculty. Dhamar Loyal to Ali Muhsen
28 Colonel Qaideen Qaid Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Education Affair Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
29 Colonel Abdul Wali Ahmed Saleh Deputy Dean of Police Faculty for Financial& Managing Affair Hajja Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
30 Brigadier Fadhl Yahya Alqawsi Central Security commander Dhamar
31 Mohammed Gumai Alhkader Undersecretary of National Security Apparatus for external Affairs Sect. Shabwa Loyal to Abdu Rabo
32 Brigadier Hassen Mohammed Hassen Patrol Forces commander Abyan Loyal to Abdu Rabo
33 Yahya Ali Abdullah Patrol Forces Staff Hajjah Loyal to Hameed Alahmer
34 Colonel pilot Rukn Adnan Alasbahi Alanad Air Base & 90th Air Division commander Taiz Loyal to Abdu Rabo
35 Colonel pilot Ali Qassem Muthana Aldalei Deputy 90th Air Division commander for Operation Affair Dhalei Loyal to Abdo Rabo
36 Brigadier Ahmed Bin Ali Almaqdisi Taiz Security Directorate general Dhamar GPC
37 Brigadier Nasser Abdulah Altuhaif Under-security assistant of Immigration, Passport, Nationality Dept. for Arab & Foreign Travel Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
38 Colonel Abdu Hussen Alsharb Personal & Facilities Guard police commander Taiz Loyal to Ali Muhsen
39 Colonel Ali Mahdi Alhkawlani Deputy commander of Patrol Forces Sana’a Loyal to Ali Muhsen
40 Brigadier Abdul Hameed Mohammed Alsosowa Financial Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
41 Brigadier Abdullah Ghaleb Alkabudi Retirement Dept. Manager Dhamar GPC
42 Brigadier Mujahed Ghuthaim Military Attaché Dhamar GPC
Civil Sector
No Name Title Province Affilliation
1 Mohammed Hadi Mansour Especial secretary of the president Abyan GPC
2 Yahya Ahmed Alarasi Press secretary of the president Ibb GPC
3 Waheed Ali Rasheed Aden Mayor Aden Islah
4 Tawfieq Abdul Wahid Undersecretary of Water Supply Ministry Ibb Socialist Party(SP)
5 Adel Yahya Alhadad Chief of Public Rural Water Association Ibb GPC
6 Mohammed Ali Alsuraimi Chief of Water Resource Association Rada’a Islah
7 Abdul kader Abdullah Hanash Chief of Water & Sanitation Ministry Sana’a GPC
8 Dr.Nabeel Taher (brother of former Finance Minister Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry &Manpower Sector Sana’a GPC
9 Dr.(Not a doctor) Ali Mohammed Alnasery Undersecretary of Social Affair Ministry for public Relations Sect. Radda’a GPC
10 Salem Mohammed Mujawer (brother to former prime minister) Chief of Yemen Social Studies Center Shabwa GPC
11 Marwan Faraj Bin Ghanem Chief of Arab Yemen-Libya Board of Directors Hadramout Independent
12 Saleh Sarei Ali Deputy Mayor of Lahej Lahej GPC
13 Ibrahim Ali Ahmed Alshami Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Islah
14 Zaid Ali Argash Deputy Mayor of Hajja Hajja Unified, people Nasserit Party
15 Ahmed Ali Saleh Deputy Assistant of Abyan Province Abyan
16 Najjeb Saeed Thbit Undersecretary Assistant of Folklore Sector Aden SP
17 Zakeria Alkamali Match Sport Paper Editor in-chief Taiz Independent
18 Mohammed Awad Bin Human Central Bank Manager Hadramout Independent
19 Mohammed Ahmed Alsaiani Deputy Central Bank Manager Ibb GPC
20 Ahmed Aubaid Alfadly Deputy Minister of Finance & representative Abyan Independent
21 Munasser Saleh Mohammed Central Bank Board Member Abyan independent
22 Hamoud Ali Alnajjar Central Bank Board Member Ibb Islah
23 Ammen Mohammed Ali Central Bank Board Member Ibb Alhaq Party
24 Hisham Abdul Kareem Ahmed Central Bank Board Member
25 Mohammed Abdullah Muqbil Chief of Board of National Bank of Yemen Hadramout Independent
26 Nabeel Hassen Alfaqeh Chief of Board of National Tobacco &Match Co. Sanhan Justice &Development Party
27 Fadhl Abdul Wahab ALamri Undersecretary of Central Bank of Yemen for Local Banking Operation Ibb
28 Dr. Tareq Yahya ALkipsi Deputy Assistant of Economic Statistics. Central Statistic Apparatus Sanaa’a Independent
29 Hassen thabet Farhan Chief of Central Statistic Apparatus Taiz Islah
30 Omar Abdul Aziz Abdulghani Deputy of Ministry of Planning for World Coop. Taiz GPC
31 Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Abdulmageed Deputy of Ministry of Planning for Project Programing Aden Islah
32 Abdullah Hassen Deputy Minister of Planning Sana’a GPC
33 Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Nouman Deputy Assistant Minister of Planning Taiz Islah
34 Abdulbari Mohammed Taher Chief of General Book Association Hodeida SP
35 Dr. Senan Muqbil Ali Deputy Mayor of Albaida Radda’ GPC
36 Saeed Muhsen Hussain undersecretary Assistant Mayor of Abyan Lahej Independent\businessman
37 Mohammed Bin Mohammed Almaswary Undersecretary of externally financed Beverages Hajja GPC
38 Suleman Ali Mohammed Qutabri Undersecretary of Development Plans & Programs Sect. Taiz SP
39 Dr. Ali Qaid Ahmed Yahya Chief of Technical Office in Ministry of Planning Raima Independent
40 Salem Awadh Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Hadramout Independent
41 Osama Ali Salem Deputy Chief of Board of Yemen Arabian Sea Corp. Aden Independent
42 Abdulhafez Ahmed Alkuaiti Consultant of Transport Minister Hadramout SP
43 Dr. Abdullateef Haider Hassen Chief of Board of Academic Accreditation & Quality Assurance Taiz
44 Ali Abdulla Ahmed Consultant of Education Minister Mahweet GPC
45 Dr. Mansour Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Board of general Association for Agricultural Researches Abyan Loyal to Abdurabo
46 Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Deputy chief of Board for Finance &Managing Affairs Dhamar
47 Moneer Taha Awn Chief of Board of Credit Housing Bank Taiz SP
48 Mohammed Ahmed Ghanim Chief of Aden TV Sector Aden GPC
49 Fares Abdulaziz Salah Deputy Chief of Aden TV Sector Lahej Independent
50 Saleh Abdullah Alwali Chief of public Land Trans. Affair Association Aden Loyal to Abdurabo
51 Sami Saeed Farea Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp. Taiz
52 Abdulla Mohammed Fudail Deputy Executive Manager of Aden Port Corp.
53 Yasser Mohammed Alrefaie Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
54 Murad Ali Mohammed Deputy Executive Manager Public of Sea Affairs
55 Tareq Abdo Ali Aden Intern. Airport Director General Aden
56 Shafiqa Saeed Abdo Chief of National Women Committee Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
57 Dr. AbdulKareem Mohammed Saleh Althwra Hospital Director General KHawlan. Sana’a GPC
58 Ahmed Masoud Alalwani Chief of Yemen Airlines Board Abyan Independent
59 Abdulkhaleq Saleh Alqaddi Consultant of transport Minister Sanhan GPC
60 Salem Ahmed Salem Prime Minister Office Director Yafei Islah
61 Ali Mohammed Ali Assistant Prime Minister Office Director Sana’a Member of People Force Union’s General Secretariat
62 Dr. Yahya Saleh Mohsen Executive chief of Public Investment Authority Hajja SP
63 Abdullah Ahmed Zaid Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
64 Sultan Mohammed Algaradi Ministry of Legal Affair consultant Taiz SP
65 Abdulraqeeb Saif Fateh Deputy Minister of Local Admn. Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
66 Abdulrahman Almasani Albarah Factory Manager Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
67 Abdulrahman Qassem Bagash Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Taiz GPC
68 Abdulla Abdulla Alsafani Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper Sana’a GPC
69 KHaled Ahmed Nasser Deputy Director of Board of Althawra Newspaper for Finance Affair Sana’a GPC
70 Yaser Hussen Ali Director General of Economic Corp. Sana’a GPC
71 Sultan Alsuraimi Media Consultant Embassy of Yemen in Cairo Taiz SP
72 Waheeba Sabra Deputy of chief of Research and Studies Center. Sana’a Ibb SP Political Office Member
73 Abdulqader Ali Hilal Secretary general of the capital. Sana’a Sanhan GPC
74 Ali Mohammed Alsarari Media &Political Consultant of Prime Minister Taiz GPC
75 Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawer Ambassador to U.N Org. Geneva Shabwa GPC
76 Fahad Dahshoush Member of Shoura Council Hajja GPC
77 Khaled Mohammed Alshamsi Chief of Red Sea Fish Public Authority Sana’a
78 Dr. Abdullah Awadh Alghurabi Chief of Arabian Sea Fish Public Authority Hadramout
79 Nasser Abdulla Ali Alnasabi Chief of Aden Gulf Fish Public Authority Shabwa GPC
80 Dr.Kamal Mohammed Mahiob Undersecretary of Local Ministry Adms. Ibb GPC
81 Hasen Abdulla Alshaikh Undersecretary of Planning Sect &Quran Schools Hodeida GPC
82 Undersecretary of Custodianship Sect. Ministry of Empowerment Sana’a GPC
83 Mohammed Mohammed Hizam Undersecretary of Hajj & Omra Affairs Ibb Islah
84 Abdul Rahman Ahmed Almazlam Chief of Technical Empowerment Office Raima GPC
85 Muqbil Murshed Alkadahi Secretary-general of Higher Board of Empowerment &Guidance Ibb GPC
86 Tareq Abdo Alaswadi Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect. Taiz GPC
87 Muneer Mohammed Dabwan Undersecretary Assistant of Hajj &Omra Sect.for Accounting Affair Taiz Islah
88 Kamal Andulla Bahurmos Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Abyan Independent
89 Salem Hassen Almamari Deputy Dean of Higher Institute of Guidance Taiz Islah
90 Alkhader Ali Mohammed Deputy Minister of Transport for Finance Affair Sect. Abyan GPC
91 Ahmed Ali Abdula Baobaid Consultant of Transport Minister for Yemen Red Sea Port Corp. Abyan GPC
92 Ali Hassen Alahmadi Chief of National Security Apparatus Shabwa GPC
93 Ahmed Muhsen Alyafeie Chief of Military Intelligence Department Lahej Independent
94 Naser Taha Mustafa President’s Office Director General Sana’a Independent
95 Hisham Sharef Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research Taiz GPC
96 Ahmed Abdulla Dares Minister of Oil & Mineral Aljawf GPC
97 Mohammed Salem Bin Abbod AlJawf Mayor AlJawf Islah
98 Mohammed Hasen Dammaj Amran Mayor Ibb Islah
99 Abdulghani Gameel Sana’a Mayor Sana’a GPC
100 Aldaheri Alshadadi Albaida Mayor Albaida Loyal to AliMusen
101 Ali Mohammed Alanisi Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Dhamar GPC
102 Dr. Abdulhadi Alhamdani Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
103 Ali Saleh Alahmer Ambassador in Foreign Ministry Sana’a GPC
104 Ali Mansor Bin Saffah The republic’s secretary general Hadramout GPC
105 Kahlan Mujahed Abu Shawareb Member of Revolution Council Amran GPC
106 Mohammed Nasser Alamri Member of Shoura Council Albaida GPC
107 Ahmed Ali Hasen Shabwa Mayor Shabwa Islah
108 Mohammed Kulaib Safer Executive Manager
109 Mohammed Hussain Alhaj Oil Minister Consultant

List of partisan appointments by Minister of Electricity and Power
No Name Position Affiliation
1 Ahmed Al namer Deputy director general of Electrical power Corp. for Financial & Managing Affair Islah
2 Aref Ghaleb Abdulhameed Dhamar Electricity Director General Islah
3 Hisham Abdulhameed Almurshidi Managing Affairs Director General (of Dhamar Electricity) Islah
4 Saleh Suhlol Ibb Electricity Director General Islah
5 Abdullah Shaiban Purchased Electricity Director General Islah
6 Abdulkareem Thabet Computer Director General Islah
7 Abdussalam Ghaleb Rada’a District Director General Islah
8 AbdulGaleel Alshareef Safer Project Girector General. Mareb Islah
9 Fuad Hizam Albadani Deputy Director General of the Procurement Islah
10 Waleed Almatri The Financial Director General of the capital’s Electricity Islah
11 Zuhair Alzubairy Deputy Director of the Training Center Islah
12 Hamza Alzubairy Deputy Director General of the computer Islah
13 Mohammed Alkhalqi Commercial Manager in the fourth Area
14 Abdulsalam Almarzuh Taiz Electricity Director General Isla
15 Hussain Alhamay Areas Legal Affair Director Islah
16 Sadeq Muthana Aqlan Director of Dispute in Legal Affairs Islah
17 Abdulla Alwashah Deputy Director of Electricity in the province Islah
18 Adel Sharaf Alfudail Financial Director in the fourth Area Islah
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The schools monopolized by Islah, only in Sana’a
No Name School District
1 Ibraheem Ali Hamoud Muhii Aldeen Nashwan Secondary School-Boys Old city of Sana’a
2 Samera Mohammed Hamoud Yahya Gabirbin Hayan School Old city of Sana’a
3 Ali Qaid Hassen Almahfadi Primary School Azal
4 Samiha Abdullah Abdulrahaman Kamaran Primary & Secondary School-Girls Azal
5 Ruwada Adbulaziz Fadhel Alariqi Altawheed Primary School- boys Azal
6 Lawza Musleh Ahmed Thu Alnourain Primary school-boys Alsafia
7 Ahmed Yahya Ahmed Faqeed Aloma Primary School Althawra
8 Amat Allah Mohammed Nasser Fatah Altawqi Primary School- boys Althawra
9 Moneer Farhan Mohammed Alnasr Primary School-boys Alsabeen
10 Faiza Mohammed Abdulla Altihami Alzahra Primary&Secondary school- Girls Alsabeen
11 Ali Ahmed Mohammed Hassen Nov 30th Primary & secondary School Shuob
12 Abdo Naji Ghalib Mohammed Hassan Harml Primary School Shuob
13 Fathia Naji Ali Khairan Alwishah Primary School- co-education Shuob
14 Fadhel Ali Ahmed Muqbil Abu Mosa Alashari Primary School-boys Banil Hareth
15 Abu Zaid Abdul Qawi Naji Alhors Secondary School- Boys Alsabeen
16 Ali Mohammed Hassen Almikhlafi Darul Aitam Primary Secondary School Alsabeen
17 Hiam Qassem Ahmed Albana Ahmed Hameed Primary School-boys Alsabeen
18 Nabeel Abduaziz Ali Alsiaghi Ali Abdul Mughni School Alwahda
17 Samah Rasheed Abdul Rahman Dhat Albroug Primary School Alwahda
18 Gamila Manei Hussain Alkhawlani Alquds Primary &Secondary School-girls Alwahda
19 Gamal Shwqi Ahmed Muhammed Hassan Alamri Primary School Altahrir
20 Hana Ahmed Yahya Alzindani Alfath Primary School Altahrir
21 Amal Hamoud Ali Gar Allah Alolofi Primary School Altahrir
22 Mariam Mohammed Mashouf Salahudeen Primary& Secondary School Maien
23 Nasser qassem Othoman Akhusain Primary School. Co-education Maien
24 Ahmed Saleh Ahmed Alhakeem Abdulateef Primary School Alsabeen

While continuing unveiling exercises of political Forces,
RSF Calls People of Yemen to Reject Sharing and Dividing Policy in Judicial Sector
The dividing and sharing policy continues to be unveiled by PRSF. Significant positions in ministries and corporations are being divided among feuding political parties and influential figures, especially Islah, GPC, president of the republic, general ali Muhsen, sons of Alahmar, with purpose of intensify control over all civil and military apparatuses. The judicial sector is most prominent. The RSF calls public opinion to reject such policy that damage the homeland and hamper aspirations of its peoples, and to pay attention to the divided posts in judicial sector, which would be core of the hoped new civil democratic state if its appointments were made as per standards of competency. The following list shows divided positions in judicial authority.
No Name Position Province loyalty
1 Ali Nasser Salem Higher judicial Board Member Abyan GPC. Abdo Rabo
2 Isam Abdul wahab Alsamawi Chief of Supreme Court. Member of Judicial Council Dhamar GPC. Ahmed Ali Saleh
3 Murshid Alarashani Minister of Justice. Member of the council Arhab Islah. Ali Muhsen
4 Ali Alawash Deputy General. Member of the Council Sana’a GPC
5 Haza’a Alusufi Secretary general of the council Islah
6 Yahya Alansi Chief Appeal court of the capital. Member of the council Mareb Islah
7 Rashid Haredi Chief of Judicial Inspection Board Aden AbduRabo
8 Shafeq Zqwqari Member of the inspection Board Aden Abdo Rabo
9 Mohammed Abdulla Ahmed Judicial Council Member
10 Mohamed Ahmed Alwadie Supreme Court Member Amran GPC
11 Muhie Aldeen Ali Ahmed Member of civil . Board (a) Ibb GPC
12 Ahmed Yahya Almutawakil Member of civil Circle. Board (a) Dhamar GPC
13 Jamal Qassem Almisbahi Member of Penal Circle. Board (a) Taiz GPC
14 Mohammed Abdulla Baswedan Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Hadramout Independent
15 Hamoud Taher Alqassemi Member of Penal Circle. Board (b) Sana’a GPC
16 Ali Abdulwahed Amuhalil Member of Penal Circle. Board (d) Taiz Ali Muhsen
17 Nasser Muhsen Alaqil Member of Appeals exam Albaida Islah
18 Ahmed Mohammed Alaqida Member Sana’a Gpc
19 Abdul monim Mohammed Aliriani Member Ibb GPC
20 Alizi Mohammed Alazani Member Rada’a Independent
21 Ali Ali Awadh Member Independent
22 Abulrazaq Saeed Alakhali Member Taiz Independent
23 Ali Ali Albadani Chief of Sana’a & Aljawf Appeals Court Ibb Islah
24 Zaid Naji Aldumaini Chief of Al-baida Appeals Court Ibb Islah. Officer in First Armored Division
25 Abdulmalik Mohamed Algharasi Sa’ada Appeals Court Sana’a GPC
26 Mohammed AbduAsad Alariqi Chief of Mareb Appeals Court Taiz Islah
27 Mohammed Mansor Alshahab Chief of Raima Appeals Court Taiz GPC
28 Abdulwahab Mohammed Abdulrahan General Penal Division. Ibb GPC
29 Abdu Muhsen Mohammed Alwan Third Penal Division. The capital Appeals Aden GPC. Abu Rabo
30 Fadhel Mohammed Ahmed Chief of Third civil Division. The capital’s Appeals Ibb GPC
31 Sultan Omar Mohammed saeed Chief of First commercial Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
32 Mohammed Muhsen Alfareh member of First commercial Division. Ibb Ibb GPC
33 Abdulkareem Sharaf Alhamadi Chief of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
34 Ahmed Ali Sultan Alkamali member of public Property Division. The capital’s Appeals Court Taiz Islah
35 Abdulhadi Abdulraqeeb Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
36 Nouman Ahmed Saif Algalal Member of civil Penal Division Taiz GPC
37 Abdullah Abdo Mohammed Member of First Penal Court. The capital (Sana’a) Ibb Islah
38 Mohammed Ahmed Alshameri Member of Second Penal Court. The capital
39 Mohammed Aidh Member of Personal Appeals Court. The capital
40 Ali Ali Ribshan The capital’s Member of Commercial Division Mareb Islah
41 Fuad Ahmed Abdul Rahman The capital’s Appeals Court Member Taiz independent
42 Abdullah Ahmed Massoud Alusofi Taiz Appeals Court Member Taiz GPC
43 Nabeel Abdulhabeeb Alnaqeeb Member of Commercial Division. Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz GPC
44 Najeeb Mohammed saleh Qadery Chief of Third Penal Court. Hodeida Ibb GPC
45 Mohammed Abdulghani Saleh Alshamiri Member of Civil Division in Hodeida Appeals Court Taiz Islah
46 Ahmed Ameen Abdulla Almilaiki Member of Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
47 Abdulnaser Saleh Muslih Alsaeed Chief of Second Penal Court Division. Ibb Appeals Court
48 Mohammed Ahmed Jumsan Member of Penal Court Division. Hadramout Appeals Court Taiz Islah
49 Abdullatif Ismail Saleh Chief of Civil Court Division. Ammran
50 Nabeel Abdulwahab Juma’an Amran Appeals Court Member Sana’a GPC
51 Ameen Abbas Almaqtari Member of Civil Court Division. Alduraima Appeals Islah
52 Ibraheem Mohammed saeed A judge in Bani Alhareth Court

Raima Islah
53 Abdullatef Abdulrahman Member of Hajja Appeals Court Taiz Unified, people Nasserit Party
54 Nabeel Abdu Othoman Alhalimi The capital’s Prime Commercial Court Ibb GPC
55 Hilal Hafed Ali Mahfal chief of Specialized Court. The Capital Raima Islah & Ali Muhsen
56 Mohammed Ahmed Qaid Alshaghdri Chief of Taiz Commercial Court Taiz Islah
57 Shatila Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albattah A judge in Alqatn’s Court Aden Arbitrarily moved, due to a case about Minister of Justice
58 Abdullah Saleh Ahmed Chief of Hamdan Prime Court Aldhalei Islah
59 Abdulhafez Hizam Abdulla Chief of Northern Hodeida Prime Court Islah Islah
60 Mustafa Mohammed Mohammed Kashm Chief of Hodeida Commercial Prime Court Taiz GPC
61 Mohammed Abdulalim Abdulraqeeb Alsarori Chief of Hajja Prime Court Taiz Islah
62 Ali Hamoud Alaqari Chief of Qaffer Shamar’s Court Amran GPC& Hameed Alahmar
63 Mohammed qaid Mothana Chief of Aldhalei Prime Court Aldhalei GPC. Abdrabo
64 Ali Ahmed Hussain Chief of Jahran Prime Court Dhamar Islah
65 Ahmed Ali Yahia Chief of Alsharq Prime Court Hajja GPC
66 Abdulghani Abdulwali Hameed Chief of Alodain Court Ibb GPC
67 Ameen Mohammed Abdurahman Almajidi Chief of Mareb Prime Court Taiz Islah
68 Ahmed Yahya Sharaf Ali Chief of Orar Prime Court Almahwet GPC
69 Wazei Sadeq Akadri Zabid Prime Court Ibb Both are independent and arbitrary moved from Hodeida Commercial Court, violating the criteria approved by the judicial council
70 Qassim Mohammed Ali Alfalahi Zabid Prime Court Ibb

Yemen opposition forms 143 member national council, updated

Filed under: JMP, Saada War, South Yemen, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 10:18 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It doesn’t appear to be the transitional council, but rather a unified front to lead the rev to the point of the transitional council. Its a good step if they make an action plan, drawing on input from their constituencies, as opposed to devolving into a top heavy, bickering entity that issues statements. They better have an English spokesperson unlike the JMP, CCYRC, Civil Coalition, the Southern Movement and the Houthis who all left the regime’s propaganda statements unchallenged in English for a decade. Photos.

Sahwa Net – Yemen opposition parties, the ruling party’s defected politicians met on Wednesday and formed a 143-member national council which aims at uniting various groups against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The council included representatives of civil society, members of the secessionist Southern Movement, and the northern Shiite Huthi rebels, as well as independent activists

According to Yemen’s opposition parties, the national council will lead the forces of the revolution until Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure.

The opposition meeting was held at a hall in Sanaa University amid tight security enforced by the army’s First Armoured Division led by General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected to the opposition in March.

More on the anticipated function from the WaPo:

Salem Mohammed Bassindwa, a top opposition figure, says youth groups and political parties named 143 council members to represent the people, a rare show of unity.

“This is a revolutionary council aimed at toppling the rule of the (Saleh) family and the remnants of this regime,” Bassindwa said. He clarified that it is “not an alternative to the government.”

The council members will elect a president and an executive body. It will also form “popular committees” in Yemeni cities, to be in charge of “protecting citizens’ properties and state institutions” at time of crisis and street clashes, he said.

Ok a listing of the names from News of the Yemen Rev in English

1. Ahmad Al-Qatabi
2. Ahmad Bahaj
3. Ahmad Bazarah
4. Ahmad Salem Obeid
5. Ahmad Said Hashed
6. Amat Al-Salam Raja’a
7. Amal Al-Basha
8. Ameen Al-Akemi
9. Ensaf Mayo
10. Bushra Al-Maqtari (Read on …)

Saleh objects to restructuring the military prior to the early elections, Updated after Riyadh retro speech

Filed under: GCC, JMP, Military, Post Saleh, Transition, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 11:05 am on Monday, August 15, 2011

Update: SABA provided a translation of Saleh’s speech to the tribal leaders which indicates that he is back to square one, elections in 2013. Same old rhetoric applied to the new oppositionists: he trashes the youth as Marxists, Royalists seeking to restore the Imamate, and the Taliban. How many times have we heard it before? He accuses the tribal elements of stealing the rev from the youth and says, without a trace of irony, he is committed to a transition of power.

SABA:

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate,

Let me first congratulate you on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan. I salute you and pay tribute of respect to you for convening such a conference and I hope that it will conclude with effective decisions and recommendations. I have here with me my brothers parliament speaker Yahya al-Ra’i and prime minister Ali Mohammad Mujawar. They also salute you and salute your conference, which is being held amid dangerous and important circumstances.

We must discuss all the available data, all the events in Yemen, and how to get our country out of the crisis – the crisis which was fabricated by some political forces to reach power. We welcome the opposition and tell them that “you can reach power through ballot boxes, not through coups, statements, denunciation, insults, or irresponsible speeches.” (Read on …)

Yemen’s opposition parties demand international investigation of protester deaths

Filed under: Donors, UN, JMP, Post Saleh, Protest Fatalities, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 12:52 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2011

There are a lot of murders that require an international investigation, many occurred before the rev, but any international investigation of the crimes of the Saleh regime would be a good step.

Sahwa Net- Alliance of Yemen opposition, the Joint Meeting Parties, has demanded to carry out an international probe on all mass murder atrocities in which hundreds of peaceful protestors were killed and wounded in Sana’a, Taiz and other governorates.

In a statement, JMP also demanded to investigate into the incident in which President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides were injured in a presidential palace attack and transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatment, pointing out that the Yemeni regime tries to blackmail opposition parties and other political opponents through accusing them of the incident.

In a statement, JMP said that the Yemeni regime still launches its war against Yemenis, kills peaceful protesters in Sana’a, Taiz , and other governorates.

“We did not expect Obama to be so weak”

Filed under: GPC, Islah, JMP, USA, VP, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 5:48 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

This weeks compendium of ridiculous US statements about Yemen, including during the Brennan visits to Saleh in SA and with Prince Ahmed and the JMP in Sanaa, comes on the same day the US and the international community recognized the Libyan rebels as the legitimate authority in Libya. In Yemen though the US continues to blame the protesters for the uptick in al Qaeda activity, instead of the illogical and unprincipled US policy fostering the stalemate. The Obama administration also threatened the JMP that the international community would not to recognize a transitional council, should one be formed as the protesters have been demanding. Such a transitional council would be “meaningless” said another western diplo because of the presence of a parliament, VP and government. The reality is that the current parliament’s term expired two years ago and prior to that, it functioned as a rubber stamp for Saleh and an instrument of grand corruption. The parliament is another rigged institution of GPC hegemony, comprised of loyalist Sheikhs, businessmen and active duty generals. Most of the reformists within the GPC resigned in March.

In Saudi Arabia Brennan asked Saleh “to fulfill expeditiously his pledge to sign the GCC-brokered agreement for peaceful and constitutional political transition in Yemen,” according to a White House statement. How could Brennan even say it with a straight face? The US is just stalling.

Al Masdar 7/6/11: JMP opposition leader Yahya Abu-Osbu’a.spoke of threats from some Arab and foreign countries not to recognize the Transitional Council, which the opposition intends to form to manage the affairs of the country which is living under a vacuum for a month. Abu Osuba at a political forum Monday evening in Change Square that the countries that had threatened to do so are Saudi Arabia and the United States and European Union countries. (Read on …)

Yemen updates July 6, 2011

- Republican Guard shells a public mini-bus in Taiz, driver killed, 13 wounded including three children, attack occurred in front of a hospital, several other parts of the neighborhoods shelled by tanks and artillery: al Masdar Also Taiz, clashes after security tries to impede a mass rally demanding an immediate formation of a transitional council: al Masdar (Read on …)

GPC local council members involved in pipeline, electricity infrastructure destruction

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Local gov, Marib, Oil, Tribes, Yemen, attacks — by Jane Novak at 9:40 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sahwa Net – A Yemeni opposition leader in Marib, Mabkhot Al-Shareef, has said that most those people involved in a 43- person blacklist published by the interior Ministry are members of the ruling party in Marib .

Al-Shareef affirmed that most of those included in the list accused of bombing oil pipelines and destructing electricity stations are the ruling party’s members of local councils in Marib. (Read on …)

Political developments and impasse in Yemen

Filed under: JMP, Post Saleh, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:29 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Saleh is alternately returning to Yemen within days or is negotiating for asylum in Germany or another European countries after the UAE refused the request.

At Asharq, a good profile of the al Ahmars.

The Yemen Post reports on a new broader opposition coalition: Opposition parties in Yemen announced that they would soon create a strong national coalition involving all the factions in the Yemen political arena. Mohammed Mutawakil, secretary general of the Popular Front party said that the new coalition will involve the Joint Meeting Parties, youth leaders, Houthis, Yemeni leaders in exile, and the Justice and Building party. “The coalition will soon be announced and it is now in its final stages of preparation,” said Mutawakil.

Feltman in Sanaa, still pushing the GCC deal.

News of the YR reports on more diversion of CT assets for use against the protesters: The communications system granted to the Coast Guard to combat terrorism was transferred to Sana’a and used by the family of Ali Saleh against the peaceful revolution.

A petition by over 100 tribal leaders and clerics including al Zindani calls on Saleh to step down and for new elections within two months

A US non-governmental contractor finds an advanced missile responsible for the palace attack: Aloula newspaper quoted a Yemeni official as saying that the missile an advanced Russian rocket. “The guided missile held a Russian name, FOGAZ,” the paper said.

Gates envisions a post-Saleh world:

Arab News 6/16:Gates also sounded a cautiously optimistic note about developments in Yemen, where the government and opposition tribes have engaged in armed clashes, pushing the country toward civil war. He said things have calmed down a bit since President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for neighboring Saudi Arabia on June 5 for medical treatment of wounds he suffered in an attack on his compound in Yemen.

“I don’t think you’ll see a full-blown war there,” Gates said. “With Saleh being in Saudi Arabia, maybe something can be worked out to bring this to a close” by finding an accommodation among Saleh’s family, the opposition tribes and the military.

JMP willing to sign CT agreement with US, EU

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:35 am on Monday, May 30, 2011

Abdel Rahman Ba Fadel says the French aid workers were kidnapped because France called for Saleh to step down, unfortunately a likely explanation. He asks the west to step in.

Yemen’s opposition would be willing to sign an agreement with the West to combat al-Qaeda in Yemen, if Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s president, steps down, according to an opposition official.

Abdel Rahman Ba Fadel, a member of Yemen’s opposition Islah party, told Al Jazeera that the country’s opposition had contacted the office of the US ambassador in Yemen to this effect. At Youtube

JMP signed, Saleh next

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Presidency, Transition — by Jane Novak at 4:28 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Yemen Post: The Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition bloc in Yemen, signed on Saturday a GCC-brokered power-sharing deal yet to bear the signature of President Saleh who insisted on concluding that early tomorrow morning.
The GCC Secretary General, Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, arrived in Yemen late today for a fourth visit to push the West-backed deal, which was unveiled in April.
Al-Zayani failed on his previous visits to secure the plan as Saleh backed twice from signing at the last minute.
President Saleh will ink it later tonight or tomorrow morning to resign in a month after 33 years in office.

As usual an excellent analysis and overview in The Trench:

Saleh’s rhetoric also portends to conflict rather than a “peaceful transition.” Rather than demonstrate any semblance of rational thought, Yemen’s embattled president proceeded to contradict himself with his normal slander. Hitting the JMP first, Saleh declared that the opposition could never defeat him through “the ballot box.” Instead, the “Joint Conspiracy Parties want to reach power through rivers of blood.”

He then blamed the JMP and AQAP for every death and injury. Why, then, does he need an immunity clause if nothing is his fault?


Read it all here
for a thorough A-Z overview.

Yemen’s Baghdad Bob, Tariq al Shamy, spews yet more garbage

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:49 am on Saturday, May 14, 2011

A few days ago the Yemeni Defense Ministry urged soldiers not to hesitate when shooting pro-democracy protesters (see (Xinhua) ) and now Tariq al Shamy, Yemen’s official liar in chief, is scolding the JMP for describing the statement as a declaration of war. Al Shamy is quite the propagandist and normally says the opposite of what is true.

Almotamar.net – Sana’a- Head of the Information Office at the General People’s Congress (GPC), the ruling party in Yemen, Tareq al-Shamy has Saturday disapproved interpretations by the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) of what was mentioned in the speech of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the massive gathering on the Friday of Unity at Sabeen Square in the capital Sana’a.

Al-Shamy queried does the JMP view the call for dialogue as a call for war? Does the rejection of law-violating acts and acts of violence and sabotage, and facing them is considered by the JMP as a call for war?

Russians talk to Yemen’s opposition parties

Filed under: JMP, Russia — by Jane Novak at 11:15 am on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Yemen owes Russia 1.2 billion (USD) for the MIG’s and other military hardware. GCC SecGen may return for a second try after the last fiasco; second trip already delayed once.

Yemen Post: The opposition bloc, the Joint Meeting Parties, meets later today a Russian delegation in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as the political crisis deepens, an official said. (Read on …)

Saleh’s latest ploy- will sign agreement in Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, GCC, GPC, JMP, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:44 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The latest load of garbage: Saleh isn’t rejecting the agreement but is insisting the steps be implemented in order including an end to the protests and the rebellion by military units and the temporary exile of those causing tension and a whole range of steps before he steps down. Its a no go, especially since the protesters themselves reject the deal wholesale. This is just more stalling and dancing. its important to keep in mind that the Saada War re-ignited six times primarily because the state reneged on the terms of its own cease fire agreement.

The most important development over the week-end was the destruction of the protesters camp in Aden using tanks and artillery.

AAl-Shamy denies President’s not to sign the GCC initiative
Monday, 02-May-2011
Almotamar.net – Sana’a-The Head of the Information Office at the General People’s Congress (GPC) Tareq al-Shamy demised Sunday what was reported by some media outlets that President Ali Abdullah saleh refuses to sign the Gulf Cooperation council (GCC) inititiative for resolving the political crisis in Yemen.

Al-Shamy affirmed President Saleh displayed full readiness to sign the GCC initiative , whether after signing it by representative of the GPC and the Nations Democratic Alliance Parties (NDAP) and the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) or that the JMP goes to Riyadh and Secretary General of the GC returns to Sana’a with a document to be signed by all in Sana’a , attended by chairman of the GCC states Foreign Ministers Sheikh Abdullah bi Zayed and President Saleh will sign with the JMP for the GPC and its allies and chairman of the JMP Dr Yassin Saeed Nouman to sign for the JMP and its partners. (Read on …)

The Politicization of Yemen’s Youth Revolution Nadia al-Sakkaf

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:25 am on Saturday, April 30, 2011

From the Carnegie Endowment, an excellent piece by Nadia al Saqqaf, Editor of the Yemen Times. Worth a full read but here’s a piece:

Youth Excluded from Gulf Initiatives

Although the youth were the ones to start Yemen’s revolution, they have been absent from high-level talks in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to address the crisis. Politicians on both sides say that this is because the youth are divided and do not have a unified leadership to invite. Indeed, today there are some 72 activist groups represented in Change Square, many of which are active online, particularly on Facebook. There are attempts to merge them into larger groups, but these efforts are taking longer than anticipated.

The problem for Yemen’s youth is that they had never exercised democracy in any true organizational sense before now. Except for a few activists, who are still divided among themselves on ideological and intellectual levels, the rest of the revolution’s youth have no idea how to organize themselves or how to draft a political program. Thus they remain easy prey for experienced politicians, whether they are pro-regime or opposition.

Saleh afraid of coup if he leaves Yemen to sign agreement

Filed under: GCC, GPC, JMP, Presidency, Saudi Arabia, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:22 am on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saleh was never going to honor the GCC plan anyway, and his balking at leaving the country is reasonable (there very well could be a coup) and another tactic to encourage yet more concessions and reset the clock.

CNN: Yemen’s president says he won’t leave the country to sign a hard-fought political deal because he fears his departure could spark a coup, a senior ruling party official told CNN on Saturday.

The stance threatens to collapse an agreement brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to end the violent political standoff across Yemen, still reeling this week from one of the deadliest days in months of protests that have pitted demonstrators against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Read on …)

Yemen’s JMP sets 2 week deadline for Saleh’s exit from power

Filed under: GCC, JMP, Military, Presidency, Saudi Arabia, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Thursday, April 14, 2011

They decline to attend talks in Riyadh. Saleh and Ali Mohsen accept the proposal for dialog, the US and EU support the idea, the JMP and the protesters reject it. If the JMP had gone to Riyadh, they would have lost all credibility with the protesters. Its unclear what the JMP are going to do after the two weeks when Saleh is still in power. Whatever promises the GCC extracts from Saleh will be broken. Furthermore the exclusion of the southern mobility from the whole process is a big mistake.

AJE Yemen’s opposition has set a two-week deadline for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside, rejecting a Saudi-brokered, Gulf-backed initiative to end the country’s political turmoil.

“We have renewed our emphasis on the need for speeding the process of (Saleh) standing down within two weeks. Therefore we will not go to Riyadh,” Mohammed al-Mutawakkil, a prominent opposition leader, said on Thursday, referring to the proposed talks in the Saudi capital.

This comes a day after five people were killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as forces loyal to a defected army general and pro-government fighters clashed, Al Jazeera’s correspondents said. (Read on …)

JMP issues statements re cooperation and calling for international community to restrain Saleh

Filed under: Hodeidah, Ibb, JMP, National Dialog Committee, Taiz, USA, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:01 pm on Monday, April 4, 2011

There seems to be a few fake announcements coming out of the south. But the following JMP statement is real enough, a tad late, not issued in English and lacks a contact number etc. Below the fold, JMP calls for international community to take action to stop the blood shed and the US takes a less than clear position.

Yemen Post: Any government after the current regime in Yemen will be a strong ally of the international community in the war against terrorism and Al-Qaeda, spokesmen for the Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition coalition, said on Monday. The statement comes amid U.S. warnings of Al-Qaeda in Yemen amid the escalating unrest, but as the U.S. is now suggesting that Saleh stand down.

Muhammad Qahtan said the coming regime will be better than the Saleh regime which exploited the issue of Al-Qaeda and the war against terrorism to deceive the world and use the anti-terror funds for personal interests.

” Meanwhile, we welcome the interest of the GCC countries in Yemen’s stability and security as well as their support to the choice of the Yemeni people, who have been staging protests and sit-ins to call for the ouster of President Saleh. The efforts of the U.S and EU envoys to Yemen to prevent further deterioration of the country amid the current crisis are also welcome,” he said. (Read on …)

New 5 point plan by opposition parties, groups in Yemen

Filed under: JMP, Yemen, protest statements, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 3:09 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2011

OT: http://yemenrightsmonitor.blogspot.com/ is a good source for English updates and reports by eyewitnesses

on topic: The plan was drafted by the JMP, political party coalition, and the National Dialog Council, an civil society initiative of Hamid al Ahmar and others. Its a very good idea to include the former military commanders in the south in the transition’; they have training, know the lay of the land and are not part of the current blackmarket network of criminal activity and subversion. Whether they would agree is another story. From Nasser Arabyee:

The Yemen opposition agreed on a -point plan for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over the power:

1) The President Saleh should announce his step-down and transfer all his powers to his deputy, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

2) Mr. Hadi should immediately re-structure the security agencies, the national security, the central security, and the republican guards, to make them function according to the constitution and laws far from nepotism (these three agencies are run now by two nephews and a son of Saleh).

3) Reaching a compromise with the new president (Mr. Hadi) about the transitional power through the following : A) A transitional council in which all parties and categories including the youth and women for conducting a comprehensive dialogue with everyone inside and outside Yemen, about all issues including the issue of the south, and creation of the civil state based on parliamentary system and proportional electoral system. B) Formation of a committee of experts to do constitutional reforms in the light of the results of the dialogue. C) Formation of a national unity government chaired by the opposition, in which all parties and categories including the young people should be represented. D) A temporary council of respected military commanders in which all components should be represented including those military officers and commanders who were forced to retire after the 1994 war.

4) Formation of high commission on elections and referendum, to conduct the referendum on the new constitution and conduct parliamentary and presidential elections.

5) Confirmation of the right to peaceful demonstrations and expressions, and investigations into the attacks on the demonstrators especially the massacres in Aden , Sana’a and Abyan, and put those responsible on trial and compensate the families of those who were killed and injured.

Saleh: no more concessions

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 3:24 pm on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Positions harden all around. Thugs attack female protesters in Ibb, 15 injured.

Saleh went from saying he would go in 2013, to the end of the year, to the end of the week, to the end of the day and back to 2013 again with the GPC suggesting forming a new govt to get them there. The time bomb in Yemen is Saleh.

Almotamar.net, Saba - President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Sunday that he would not offer more concessions in future. This came in President Saleh’s speech at the fourth session of the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s Standing Committee held Sunday in the Police College in the capital Sana’a and attended by over one thousand GPC members.

He noted that all concessions have been made by him so far were not decided individually, but in coordination and agreement with the GPC’s leadership. He said,” When we respond to demands is not out of weakness but to avoid destabilization security of the homeland , bloodshed and killing of souls.” (Read on …)

Al Qirby- deal could be struck today, update: denies statement

Filed under: Diplomacy, JMP, Ministries, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:51 am on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Now he says hes staying until 2013!

A clear overview of the whole picture from: Walid al Saqqaf.

Update: al Qirby denies the Reuters report, saying it was an inaccurate quote. The blame game now settles on the GPC That’s why Saleh reversed his decision not to run in 2006, the GPC begged him to be their candidate as there was no one else in the entire party with the capacity to run Yemen. Imagine how much better off Yemen would be now if Saleh had kept his word, but I guess you cant think like that, Saleh never keeps his word. I really hope he doesn’t set fire to Yemen on the way out. The longer this takes, the more nervous its making me.

SANAA (Reuters) – A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen could come as early as Saturday and would be based on an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by year-end, Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said…”I hope it will be today, before tomorrow,” Qirbi, who is serving as caretaker foreign minister, told Reuters in an interview, adding that the time frame of a transfer of power by Saleh could be negotiated.

Saleh, who oversaw the 1990 unification of north and south Yemen and emerged victorious from a civil war four years later, told tribes in Sanaa on Saturday that he would “work to avoid bloodshed using all possible means.”

He said on Friday he was ready to relinquish power to forestall more bloodshed but only to what he called “safe hands” after weeks of street demonstrations demanding his departure. (Read on …)

Political opposition presents plan for minor shift in status quo

Filed under: JMP, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 8:00 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

Actually the JMP should resign along with Saleh. Protesters noted the JMP and others are trying to highjack their movement. The article notes Saleh apologized to Brennan for accusing President Obama of orchestrating regional protests from a kitchen in Tel Aviv.

Yemen’s president under new pressure WaPo March 3, 2011; A09, SANAA, YEMEN – Yemen’s leader came under new pressure Wednesday as influential clerics, tribal leaders and some members of Yemen’s opposition presented a plan for a peaceful transition of power. (Read on …)

President dismisses “elected” governors & press release on JMP rejection of coalition gov’t

Filed under: Aden, GPC, Hadramout, Hodeidah, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:34 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yemen Post

President Ali Abduallh Saleh dismissed on Tuesday governors of five provinces in Yemen’s southern and eastern provinces.
New decrees were issued appointing three of them members in Shura Council, and appointing the two others vices of two ministries. (Read on …)

Saleh blames the US for regional unrest, calls for unity govt

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:39 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fox: Huge protest in Sanaa and Saleh takes his fallback position, its the external influences and the JMP

“The events from Tunisia to Oman are a storm orchestrated from Tel Aviv and under Washington’s supervision,” he said. “What is taking place on Yemen’s streets is just a copycat attempt.”

Dispatched with a tweet? ahaha
PJCrowley Philip J. Crowley
The protests in #Yemen are not the product of external conspiracies. President #Saleh knows better. His people deserve a better response

Update: Kirby denies

Qirbi denies apology for Obama 05/03/2011
NewsYemen, Sana’a:
Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-President Ali Abdullah Saleh did not apologize to the American President Barack Obama as the most common. Qirbi said in a statement yesterday evening, the first Thursday in favor of “Obama explained what he meant in accusing the United States and” Israel “in the manufacture of chaos in the Middle East, evidenced a letter to a politician,” Israeli “explains it.” He stressed that the benefit was meant in his speech what is happening in the Arab world and stand behind it from the agenda and not Yemen.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s president offered Monday to form a unity government with opponents who want him out of office — provided protests against him stop. Opposition swiftly rejected the gesture. (Read on …)

Yemen opposition JMP parties pick a side: no dialog

Filed under: Diplomacy, JMP, protests — by Jane Novak at 2:26 pm on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Al Tagheer points out the contradiction of their current statement saying most protesters are JMP members, when earlier they denied any connection to the protests. Article also notes Abdelmalik al Houthi’s earlier statement supporting the right of people to peaceful protest. I find it astounding the nearly a decade after their establishment, the JMP is still unable to issue a statement in English. But even in Arabic, its an ambiguous statement. Update: but to follow is a full English translation of the al Tagheer article:

Yemeni opposition announces its renewed refusal of dialogue with the regime

19/02/2011 at 17:33:00, Al-Tagyeer, Sana’a, Special

Yemeni opposition announced today Saturday its refusal of any dialogue with the authority of General People’s Congress amid spontaneous protests of thousands of citizens in a number of provinces demanding the toppling of the regime. The rotating Chairman of of the JMP coalition said “there can be no dialogue with an authority using thugs and violence against peaceful demonstrators “.

Yemeni parliamentary opposition had confirmed nearly a week ago its agreement to resume dialogue with the ruling party under the initiative of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which included the cancellation of the constitutional amendments in particular and the postponement of the elections. (Read on …)

Yemen opposition plays Saleh’s game

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:18 am on Sunday, February 13, 2011

What happened to the demand he fire all his relatives from the leadership posts in the military and security forces? How about a full and transparent accounting of public funds? They should have demanded something tangible. They also disassociated themselves from the protesters, as they did in 2005. These reforms and the dialog to bring them about were agree to following the 2006 election, and haven’t happened yet. Its not only the US that prefers stability over progress…

13/2/2011 YemenOnline: (Xinhua):

Yemen’s opposition on Sunday accepted a political reform initiative offered earlier this month by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in which he pledged not to seek another Presidential term or hand over power to his son. “We accept the political reform initiative offered by President Saleh on Feb. 2,” the opposition coalition said in a statement. ” We are ready to begin the national dialogue with the President’s ruling party as of this week.” (Read on …)

Yemen opposition parties call on Saleh to fire his relatives

Filed under: JMP, Military, Presidency, Security Forces — by Jane Novak at 12:15 pm on Friday, February 4, 2011

That’s a new, interesting and on-point demand. President Saleh’s relatives have mass land holdings, own much of the nation’s businesses and also head the military and security forces. There’s not much chance of the military taking the side of the people in Yemen.

4/2/2011- YemenOnline
Yemen opposition calls president to sack his son and relatives from high security and military positions

Leaders of the Joint Meeting Parties JMP (Opposition) have called Yemeni president Saleh to sack his son Ahmed Ali from the leadership of the republican guards and other relatives that occupied high positions in security and military forces in Yemen. President Saleh must take these step to confirm the credibility for reform” Opposition leader Zaid Al-Shami says.

Yemen’s fragmented, immature and disconnected opposition

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Reform, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:23 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

True. The JMP missed a good opportunity to reach out to the southern opposition. With the external pressure and an enhanced coalition, they might have forced real reforms. All the reports today sound as if the contest is to be the mayor of Sanaa, which maybe it its.

The National: On numerous occasions, party leaders have openly opposed him during news conferences, only to sit with Mr Saleh later in the day behind closed doors.

Experts believe that opposition parties are still not ready to govern and there is no obvious successor to Mr Saleh.

Unlike Tunisia, Yemen’s six opposition parties are united under the umbrella of the JMP, however, Ali Jaradi, the editor in chief of Yemen’s independent Ahale newspaper said the situation could quickly change. “Currently, the JMP is uniting the opposition against one person, which is Saleh.” But when he is “out of the picture, disputes among them will start due to them being from six differently ideological political parties”.

The Yemeni political analyst Mohammed al Khaberi said the goal of Yemen’s largest opposition party, Islah, is not to rule but to change the regime and ensure a transparent government. All other JMP parties want the opposite, and are craving the seat of the government. They see Islah as a brick wall standing in front of their political ambitions. (Read on …)

Protest in Sanaa Yemen Feb 3, 2011

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:59 am on Thursday, February 3, 2011

feb32011protest.jpg
Photo: al Masdar Online

Protests in Yemen were peaceful today. Armed regime thugs parked their SUV’s in Yemen’s Tahrir Square yesterday, so the protest was moved at Sanaa University. President Saleh yesterday promised not to run for president again (a pledge he made before the last two elections that he won) and not to install his son on the throne when he goes (but no word on installing the nephews currently charge of the security forces and military.) Saleh is a consummate liar and the King of Spin, nothing he says can be believed but he’s obviously rather nervous now, conceding to the oppositions demands even before the protest was held. For more coverage, see Crowd Voices/Yemen. (Read on …)

Yemeni people not hopeless enough to demand regime change: says JMP

Filed under: Elections, JMP, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No? The protest on February 3 is the last stage of the first step. WTF? Its a unique historical moment and the JMP caved. Saleh’s regime wholeheartedly promised electoral reform in exchange for the JMP accepting the results of the flawed 2006 presidential election. Its five years later, and there’s no reform yet, but they believe the same empty promises? If the opposition leaders are not ever going to challenge the regime, they should become bakers or farmers. In Yemen, people call the JMP “the other face of the regime,” for good reason, and a recent public opinion survey showed nearly no confidence in their ability to represent popular demands. The JMP is toothless because it is enmeshed in the status quo. This is not a good faith miscalculation, its a sell-out. They should leave on the same plane as Saleh. Update: a good analysis of prospects for Yemen at the Media Line.

Yemen’s opposition seeks reforms not ouster of President Saleh, opposition leader says
By Nasser Arrabyee, 01/02/2011

The head of the opposition coalition said opposition in Yemen has not yet officially demanded the President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down like Egypt and Tunisia.

“The opposition has not arrived its final stage, and it is still demanding serious and genuine reforms,” said Mohammed Al Mutawakel, chairman of the supreme council of the Joint Meeting Parties, the coalition of the main opposition parties.

“When people become hopeless of genuine reforms, then demands for removal of the regime will be used like Egypt and Tunisia.” — “Thursday’s demonstrations will be the last thing of the first stage of our activities which we started in the mid of last January, to refuse all unilateral steps taken by the ruling party for holding elections and constitutional amendments,” said Mohammed Al Kubati, the spokesman of the opposition coalition, Joint Meeting Parties, JMPs. (Read on …)

Yemen: Opposition parties mull next move

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Presidency, Reform, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saleh suddenly wants to talk. And reform. Maybe the JMP will decide to ratchet up their protest colors from pink to fuchsia. Watch out if they get to red. Update: Woops, Saleh made the announcement but forgot to invite the JMP to dialog.

Yemen Post: Opposition leaders will sit today to discuss the President Saleh’s call to end protests and come to the dialogue table.
The call by the president came after he met with high ranking officials from the ruling General People Congress GPC party yesterday.
Sources in the opposition told Yemen Post that they will not have dialogue with the ruling party until all decisions made by the ruling party over the last three months be cancelled.
The opposition source also mentioned that they are not optimistic about returning to the dialogue table with the ruling party as history has shown that dialogue always makes matters worse due to the negligence of the ruling party.

Regime change in Tunisia, protests in Egypt, trigger Yemen demonstrations in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden

Filed under: Aden, Civil Unrest, JMP, Sana'a, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 8:38 pm on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Its not just Sana’a and Tawakkol Karaman, demonstrations were held all around Yemen this week. The factor in determining if protests continues to spiral in Yemen may be what happens in Egypt tomorrow, and it really doesn’t look good. With the internet cut in Egypt, people are expecting a blood bath. Worse yet, I don’t think either the JMP or GPC in Yemen have a plan if the protests outstrip the leadership that called them, beyond making a deal or opening fire, respectively, as they usually do. The US can’t be caught as flat footed as it appears at the moment. Thirty years may be the natural expiry date for dictatorships.

Demonstrations and protests in TaizPublished:27-01-2011, SANA’A, Jan. 26 — Popular protests and demonstrations have expanded to include Aden and Taiz, and the Joint Meeting Parties have threatened to start more protests in other governorates. (Read on …)

JMP’s Hamid al Ahmar condemns Yemeni Parliament’s move to end term limits

Filed under: JMP, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:09 am on Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hamid al Ahmar reiterated his call for Saleh to resign and condemned the unilateral action taken in Parliament that paves the way for Saleh’s continuing reign. Nearly all the constitutional amendments since 1990 have reduced civil rights and popular empowerment.

Hamid al-Ahmar: Al-Qaeda emerges from the Presidential Palace January 5, 2011 – Sahwa Net – Secretary General of the National Dialogue Preparation Commission Hamid al-Ahmar strongly slammed the ruling party polices in Yemen, calling President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. (Read on …)

Yemen’s opposition JMP pro-federalism, proportional representation

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Elections, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Monday, December 20, 2010

JMP takes stand against secession

Yemen Observer
Article Date: Dec 20, 2010 – 11:48:02 AM

The General Secretary of the Yemeni Socialist Party Yasin Saeed Noman said that their party calls for a federal state and rejects the call of the former party’s southern leaders Ali Salem al-Bidh, Abo Bakr al-Atas and Ali Nasser Mohammed who call for separating southern Yemen. (Read on …)

Grassroots National Dialog Committee Meets Houthis Representatives in Saada Yemen

Filed under: Civil Society, Corruption, JMP, Sa'ada, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:52 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010

This is a huge development that will not please the Yemeni government in the least. The NDC is a grass roots initiative bringing together reformists and concerned citizens, including many prominent personalities from across the political and social spectrum including some from the GPC. They’ve held several consultative meetings and issued many statements. Some members (like Tawakkol Karaman and Ahmed Saif Hashid) resigned due to the committee’s non-performance. Others have accused the group of seeking to replace the parliament. But its more substantive than any other initiative for reconciliation including the Saleh regime’s endless barrage of threats, empty promises and lies.

Dialogue Committee, Houthi Group in Coordination Deal
Yemen Post: The national dialogue preparatory committee and the Houthi Group reached an agreement at their meeting in Saada on Thursday for forming a joint commission to coordinate addressing various national issues. (Read on …)

Nasserite Deputy Sultan Alatwani Attacked, Beaten Hospitalized in Yemen

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:26 am on Thursday, December 16, 2010

The state unilaterally passed an election law (in violation of both the 2006 and 2009 agreements with the opposition JMP). On Tuesday riot police were stationed around Freedom Square and the Parliament to thwar an public protests.

Al Sahwa: Senior opposition leader assaulted in Sana’a, 15/12/2010 –

Sahwa Net- Secretary-General of the Nasserite Unionist People’s Organization Sultan al-Atwani was attacked on Wednesday and taken immediately into hospital. (Read on …)

Yemen’s ruling party rams through illegal election law confiming inflated voter rolls

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Parliament — by Jane Novak at 12:21 pm on Sunday, December 12, 2010

I think every detail of the 2006 and 2009 agreements between the JMP and GPC has been violated.

Yemen Post The ruling party voted the new controversial election law amid the refusal of other parliamentary blocs to the vote, in a move that was described as a coup against all agreements between the General People’s Congress and the opposition topped by February 2009 deal. (Read on …)

Saleh: SCER from judges, trashes southern separatists as rabid dogs

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Judicial, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:43 am on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It is important to note that under current rules of voter eligibility, the 30,000 northern soldiers transferred to Aden and Abyan for the Gulf Cup would be allowed to vote in those governorates. One of the important electoral reforms that the EU observers recommended following the 2006 presidential election was to require military personnel and businessmen to vote in the district of their residence, and disallow place of employment as a domicile. None of the recommendations have been instituted although both the GPC and JMP agreed at the time. The failure of electoral reform led to the two year postponement of the parliamentary elections in 2009. The voter rolls contained many dead persons, children and more male voters than Yemeni men. Another area of disagreement with the JMP was the composition of the SCER, the oversight body for elections and referendums. Various western governments and organizations are pushing for the elections to be held on time in 2011, which would add a veneer of legitimacy to the Saleh regime and its designated representatives in Parliament.

SABA: ADEN, Nov. 30 (Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Tuesday for electing a new Supreme Committee for Election and Referendum (SCER) from the judicial authority. (Read on …)

Yemen’s Ruling Party to Hold Unilateral Parliamentary Elections

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:16 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010

Its the perfect day to make this announcement, now that AQAP sucked all the air out of the room. The elections in 2009 were delayed for two years because no progress had been made on electoral reform since 2006’s presidential election.

Yemen Post: The ruling Party General People’s Congress GPC has made known that parliamentary elections will take place on April 27th next year after the failure of dialogue with the main opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties JMP, official media reported on Monday. (Read on …)

JMP withdraws from Parliament and suspends participation in national dialog

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Reform — by Jane Novak at 11:33 am on Friday, October 1, 2010

al Sahwa: Sahwa Net- Yemen’s main opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties, have called for an urgent meeting to discuss obstacles that stand before an inclusive national dialogue.

In an exceptional meeting, JMP approved suspension of their participation in what is called the 30-participant committee, made up from members of the ruling party and opposition parties, until a clear decision is taken to remove all hurdles that impede the national dialogue. (Read on …)

Not the SCER Again!

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:16 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010

This is the same issue that brought the 2009 Parliamentary elections to a stand still. The SCER oversees the elections and election monitors and the electoral list (which in 2006 contained more male voters than men). The JMP asserted the positions on the SCER should be split between the JMP and GPC, but the regime said judges were good candidates for the positions and nominated its list, rubber stamped by parliament. The JMP is getting hemmed in the issue of the proportional list, which it favors, by international pressure just to do something that looks like an election. YObserver:

The Supreme Commission For Elections and Referendum (SCER) endorsed on Monday the schedule for the upcoming parliamentary elections set in April, which the Yemeni opposition considered “contrary” to the agreements of the “national dialogue” that began last Saturday. (Read on …)

Political Parties in Yemen Begin Dialog

Filed under: Civil Society, Elections, GPC, JMP, Political Parties — by Jane Novak at 4:24 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Apparently they widened the scope of the discussions beyond electoral reforms to include other national issues.

Yemen Observer: Yemeni political parties started Saturday their first meeting for national dialogue over political and electoral reforms before the coming parliamentary elections scheduled in April 2011. (Read on …)

JMP Decides to Inform Houthis of Terms of Agreement with GPC

Filed under: JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:13 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

If its an agreement between two political parties on behalf of their members, then the details should have been public from the get-go. Yemen Post

A source in the Supreme Council for the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) told Yemen Post that the JMP decided in its meeting to form a panel of the Supreme Council in order to do to Sa’ada and inform the Houthis of the main points and details of the agreement of February 2009, signed between them and the General People’s Congress. (Read on …)

NDC’s Mohamed Salem Basendwah Withdraws from GPC-JMP Dialog on Electoral Reform

Filed under: Civil Society, Elections, GPC, JMP — by Jane Novak at 10:54 am on Saturday, July 31, 2010

The head of the bipartisan and inclusive National Dialog Committee withdrew from the National Dialog announced by the ruling GPC and opposition JMP where each submitted a list of 100 representatives. Bassandawa is urging dialog to be held under international auspices and address the full range of Yemen’s national crisis including consideration of a federal system. He seems to think the opposition caved to regime and international pressures which prioritize agreement on the (already postponed) Parliamentary elections in 2011 ahead of comprehensive national reform. Bassandawa is “convinced of the futility” of any discussions where the ruling party seeks only agreement on electoral reforms not the fundamental crises that face the nation. He also urges inclusion of all national forces including the southerners and opposition abroad. The Houthis for their part have said their participation is conditional on approving the terms and scope of the dialog, which they have yet to see.

Al Masdar The Chairman announced that preparations for national dialogue Mohamed Salem Bassandawa boycott of the dialogue sessions with the Authority and the ruling party, on condition to participate in the dialogue to be sponsored by regional, Arab and international.

وكان حزب المؤتمر الشعبي الحاكم وتكتل اللقاء المشترك وقعا أمس الخميس على محضر تبادل أسماء ممثلي الطرفين في اللجنة المشتركة للإعداد والتهيئة للحوار الوطني، وتضم القائمتان مائة عضو لكل طرف، وبين قائمة المشترك باسندوة. The Popular Congress Party, the ruling bloc, signed a joint meeting on Thursday to record the exchange of names of representatives of the parties in the Joint Commission for the preparation and configuration of the national dialogue, and lists, which contain a hundred members of each party, and the list of common Basendwah.

وفي تصريحات لـ”المصدر أونلاين” من العاصمة الأردنية عمان التي يتواجد فيها حالياً قال باسندوة ان “الانتخابات تحتل المرتبة الأولى في اهتمام الحزب الحاكم وليس إيجاد حل للأزمات التي تعصف بالبلاد”. In statements to “online source” of the Jordanian capital Amman, where there are currently Bassandawa said that “the elections is ranked first in the interest of the ruling party and not find a solution to crises that racked country.” (Read on …)

GPC-JMP Agreement: Houthis Approve, Southerners Call Conspiracy

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Saada War, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:14 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ali Nasser Mohammed President of the PDRY “vehemently denied published allegations that he and other opposition leaders in exile were consulted before signing of the Framework agreement between the GPC and the JMP, Naba News reported. Nasser described the claims as “a slander with only one goal, to smear, with no basis in reality, adding that he would love it so much if the ruling party as well as the opposition parties could start solving the big problems rather than get trapped in small ones.” Southern leaders within Yemen are unanimous in their denunciation of the accord, calling it a conspiracy. More on the agreement below the fold.

Daily Star: SANAA: Shiite rebels Monday came out in support of an agreement between the ruling party and the opposition to embark on a national dialogue between Yemen’s numerous rivals. “We express our satisfaction and support for the agreement between the Common Forum and the [ruling] General People’s Congress,” the rebels said in a statement. (Read on …)

JMP, PDC meet exiled southern leaders

Filed under: Civil Society, Diplomacy, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:30 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Al Beidh still a no show. The Preparatory Dialog Committee is working to create an alliance for a reformed, unified Yemen and the Houthis have signed on, but the hard-core southerners think its a ploy to dilute authentic opposition and keep Saleh in power through stalling tactics. (Not that Al-Beidh has done anything worthwhile but issue statements calling for demosntrations…) Others see a Saudi hand. The PDC defines the root of the crisis in Yemen as family rule. Saleh Habra’s speech on behalf of Abdelmalik al Houthi is pasted below. WJWC’s Tawwakol Karaman and MP Ahmed Saif Hashid recently resigned because they say all the PDC does is issue statements and it is not transparent or democratic in structure, fair points that can be applied to many civil society organizations. Some opposition political and civil leaders hold seminars and pass papers back and forth diagnosing the main problem as the centralization of power in Yemen, but there is nothing stopping them from modeling democracy themselves and they don’t.

Yemen Observer: Yemeni Media sources said that a meeting of the internal opposition and external opposition was held in Cairo. The meeting came out with terms of dialogue on unification efforts. The internal opposition was represented by a number of JMP leaders including Abdulwahab al-Anisi, Yasin Saeed Norman, Sultan al-Atwani as well as leaders from the PDC including Aidros al-Naqib, Sakhr al-Wjih, Ali Abdo Rabo al-Qadi and on top of them Mohammed Salem Ba Sondwa. Sheikh Hamis al-Ahmar who has prepared and financed the meeting was absent from this meeting. (Read on …)

Tawwakol Karaman, Ahmed Saif Hashid and Abdel Taher Resign from Prepatory Committee because it is undemocratic, not transparent and all they do is talk

Filed under: Civil Society, Elections, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:27 am on Thursday, June 3, 2010

My God, there might be a shred of hope yet. They say that the only accomplishment of the National Dialog Committee (NDC) is an extremely long document that talks about democracy, but the NDC doesn’t practice democracy internally and they have not set up democratic structures. Their financial accounting is not transparent. All they do is hold seminars and issue papers. They haven’t connected with or mobilized the people or gotten their input.

I wrote something like that, very small, two sentences, when I wrote the article announcing the NDC statement and website. And its true. The political parties are just as authoritarian as the regime and while they face risks, there’s no risk in having a regular transfer of power or financial transparency. They could model democracy but they don’t.

Subject: resignation from membership of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue.

We are pleased and we put between your hands resignations this to assure you in the beginning not to dispute personal to us with one invited us to make, as far as our protest on the work of the Commission and the management mechanism and its decision-making, and the occurrence of what we fear the conversion of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue to an entity which alternative will be built on the ruins of the parties At the forefront of the political parties of the joint meeting as well as all other civilian components, thus giving a personal project for a small entity is a mixture civilian and non-political.

Dear Brothers:

I have disappointed all expectations in the contribution of the preparatory committee for national dialogue in the work of the mobility and the popular uprising, a real turn off collapse and the imposition of the political reform agenda to the Governor, but in practice did not do anything as far as has turned to the phenomenon of audio information contented itself with holding seminars and issuing statements, she turned as well as to comedy and brake components of the struggles of the political parties and civil society organizations and social figures, and public.

We have seen too .. That this Committee does not pay attention to all democratic principles and standards to be observed in organizations and political alliances, the recycling league office and free circulation to the presidency of the Committee and its committees and its Secretariat. (Read on …)

Houthis Condemn Regime Attempt to Assassinate Opposition Leader

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, Targeting, political violence   — by Jane Novak at 8:29 am on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Its a rouge regime, in addition to all the war crimes and systemic human rights violations. There is no way to incrementally push Saleh back to the light. What a political embarrassment it would have been for Yemen’s allies if the attempt succeeded. And the Houthis are correct, that’s the standard way Saleh deals with his opponents.

Palestinian Telegraph: Sana’a, Yemen, May 5, 2010 (Pal Telegraph, by Anwar Al-Shoaybi) – The AL-Houthi rebel group has denounced the assassinations attempts by gunmen against a prominent Yemeni opposition leader as a “serious crime”.

“The crime stresses our argument that the regime is seeking to liquidate all those opposing it even in terms of holding different opinion,” Mohammed Abdul Salam, the group’s spokesman, told reporters Wednesday.

“Broadly Speaking, we don’t rule out that a military campaign might be conducted against our brothers affiliated with the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), and that they might be assaulted, called traitors, and their rights confiscated just the way the regime used to deal with us, as it (the regime) doesn’t want anyone opposing it, even with respect to opinion,” said Abdul Salam. (Read on …)

Attempted Assassination of JMP Leader Draws Condemnation from JMP

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Abdul-Wahab Mahmoud got shot at in his car, last week I think it was. I think it may have been more of a message than an actual attempt to kill him; they couldn’t just send an email, they sent a guy with a gun to get the point across. The pressure on the opposition leaders is very great, and the leadership vacuum is no accident, but the country, or at least the population, is on the very brink of catastrophe.

Sahwa Net – Yemeni politicians have described the attack the Joint Meeting Parties chairman, Abdul-Wahab Mahmoud as a dangerous indication towards democracy future and bears messages of moving toward repressing of the opposition parties. (Read on …)

Opposition’s Call to National Dialog Treasonous: Majawar

Filed under: JMP, Ministries, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:37 am on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One of the opposition leaders asked if Majawar was the Prime Minister of the government or the GPC, but the two are so well blended there’s little difference anymore. This speech took place at the government induced rally, where civil servants and students were forced to attend or face punitive actions.

WaPo SANAA (Reuters) – The Yemeni government accused the country’s opposition party of allying with armed elements fighting the state in the north and south, reducing prospects for national dialogue in a fractious country.

Separately, the government put 18 southern separatists on trial on Sunday on charges of incitement and threatening national unity, a move that could further increase tensions a day after four others were sentenced to jail terms of 10 years.

“Those who call themselves the opposition … have entered into suspicious alliances with groups outside of the system, the law and the constitution,” Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Megawar told a pro-government rally on Saturday.

“Your cheers are a condemnation of those who take up arms in the southern provinces,” he told the protesters, making a similar reference to northern Shi’ite rebels….

Yemen’s Political Parties Reach New Agreement

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP — by Jane Novak at 6:57 am on Thursday, April 22, 2010

That’s big. The Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next year, and the ruling party and the JMP have been at an impasse on the reforms. The terms of the agreement are still unknown, even to their memberships. The opposition had held its first round of demonstrations in Sana’a and other cities recently.

Nationally, the Sa’ada war is over for now, and the Houthis are in discussions with the National Dialog Committee. Saleh was in Egypt talking to the “moderate” southerners and Fadhli had already reached an individual truce with the authorities. The main organized outlier is still the pro-independence southerners.

Ruling Party, Opposition Sign Deal for February Agreement

The General People’s Congress, the ruling party, the Joint Meeting Parties JMP, an opposition coalition in Yemen, have signed an amended minute on the February Agreement 2009 on the upcoming parliamentary elections, the News Yemen citing sources at the JMP reported on Thursday.

The deal was signed at the house of political advisor for President Saleh Abdul Karim Al-Eryani, the sources which gave no details were quoted as saying.

The two sides signed in February 2009 an agreement under which the parliamentary election was delayed until 2010 to have enough time to implement electoral reforms.

But later, disagreements over and commitment to the deal emerged with the two trading accusations of violating it. Wednesday’s minute comes as a good sign amid alarming political stalemate and deteriorating economy and security situations.

Yemen’s National Dialog Committee Publishes National Salvation Plan

Filed under: JMP, Janes Articles — by Jane Novak at 11:21 am on Friday, April 9, 2010

Yemen’s National Dialog Committee published an English language summary of its National Salvation Plan yesterday. The document is available at http://yemenvision.wordpress.com/ The National Dialog Committee (NDC) is an important Yemeni civil society coalition dedicated to creating a forum and consensus on a peaceful route to popular empowerment.

The National Dialog Committee is comprised of members of the opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) along with independents, some of the ruling General People’s Congress party members and prominent social figures including political leaders, tribal sheiks, businessmen and intellectuals. It is headed by Mr. Mohammed Salem Basandwah, an adviser to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The JMP’s Hamid Al-Ahmer is its Secretary General. The group is dedicated to building a national consensus on the issues facing Yemen and implementing solutions through peaceful means.

Yemen is a hyper-political state where benefit accrues from proximity to President Saleh, his family and his tribesmen who control much of the military and security forces, the economy and political system. The high degree of cronyism means that state bureaucracies are dysfunctional and corrupt. Basic services are nearly absent and the black market is thriving. Yemen’s water shortage gave rise to water barons who thwart implementation of water strategies. Land theft by officials is overt and further centralizes the economy. The rule of law is absent; the powerful flout the law and the weak are subject to retaliatory verdicts. Yemeni children are the second most malnourished globally and half of Yemenis are under 24 years old.

The JMP faces criticism on the street as “the other face of the regime,” interested in retaining power, corrupt, disconnected from the citizenry, and restricting itself to complaining without opposing due to the Saleh government’s brutality. The political party system is dominated by historical personalities, rebuffing the energy of Yemen’s youthful population. However some members of the JMP have made dedicated efforts to expand the horizons of hope in Yemen, often with tragic consequences.

Years of Reform Efforts Blocked

The opposition Joint Meeting Parties contains ideologically diverse political parties joined together in a pragmatic quest, the rescue of Yemen. The architect of the rapprochement between the Yemeni Socialist Party and the Islamic Reform Grouping, Jarallah Omar, was assassinated in 2002 by a fundamentalist who, authorities claim, was working alone.

In 2005, it became obvious that economic reform was vital to the survival of the nation. Depleting oil coupled with rampant corruption and abuse of power had distorted Yemen’s economy to the point where only a handful benefited from natural resources and foreign aid, unemployment was staggering and development stalled. But economic reform was contingent on political reform, the opposition parties found, as powerful interests continually blocked efforts to rationalize the economy. The JMP released a reform initiative calling for the establishment of a Parliamentary system of governance.

They were soon to learn that if economic reform is contingent on political reform, then political reform is contingent on electoral reform. In the 2006 elections, members of the ruling party had overwhelming advantage in local elections, and President Saleh won his re-election handily against his rival, the JMP’s Faisal bin Shamlan. The JMP agreed not to dispute the election’s results in exchange for an agreement with the GPC to overhaul the electoral system. Recommendations from the European Union’s Mission to Yemen were to be the starting point.

Following the election, Salah’s regime rounded up activists who campaigned for the opposition candidate, imprisoning some and firing others from civil service jobs. Electoral reform stalled when the JMP and GPC could not agree on the terms or scope of negotiations. The JMP also insisted on the release of political prisoners prior to discussions.

The Vision of Salvation

Yemen has since seen two brutal wars in northern Sa’ada and an exploding anti-government sentiment in the south provinces that eventually morphed into an independence movement, largely due to the states brutal response to the peaceful protests.

With electoral reform stalled in Yemen, and civil unrest threatening to drive the state to failure, the National Dialog Committee formed a broad coalition among predominant social groups to devise a plan for “National Salvation.” The grouping finds the central issue is “the personalization of the state” that has devolved into a clan-based structure dedicated to retaining power and acquiring personal wealth. In the absence of a functional parliament the NDC’s strategy for Yemen relies on a conference representing the people of Yemen and their communities. (Read on …)

The Yemeni National Dialog Committee Issues Vision for National Salvation

Filed under: Civil Society, JMP, Reform — by Jane Novak at 10:35 am on Saturday, March 20, 2010

For the document in Arabic, see al Tagheer. The National Dialog Committee is comprised of the JMP, independents, some GPC members and social figures including political, tribal and businessmen. It is headed by Mr. Mohammed Salem Basandwah, an adviser to the president, and Sheik Hameed Al-Ahmer is its Secretary General. The group is a mechanism dedicated to building a national consensus on the issues facing Yemen and implementing solutions through peaceful means.

Republic of Yemen

Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue

General Secretariat

Summary: Vision for National Salvation

Sana’a 2010

In the name of Allah, the most Merciful the Most Compassionate
“Why were there not, among the generations before you, persons possessed of balanced good sense, prohibiting (men) from mischief in the earth – except a few among them whom We saved (from harm)? But the wrong-doers pursued the enjoyment of the good things of life which were given them, and persisted in sin (116). Nor would thy Lord be the One to destroy communities for a single wrong- doing, if its members were likely to mend” (117). Surat Hud

Introduction:

On Monday Ramadhan 17th 1429 Hijria, corresponding to 07.09.2009, the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue (“PCND”) formed of political and social forces, parties, organizations and individuals, businessmen, scholars, intellectuals, opinion leaders, women and youth leaders presented to the Yemeni people of all its political and social categories, classes, forces and components this national dialogue vision. The directions and contents of this vision were formulated by the National Consultation Forum (NCF). The PCND, through serious and responsible discussions and deliberations ultimately concluded that the last opportunity for all Yemenis to confront the nationwide crisis is the mobilization of all national efforts and energies so we all represent a leverage for peaceful change and national salivation that relieves the country from the hands of despotism and corruption. The country should be rescued from this sophisticated cyclone of the crisis. Dire consequences should be avoided with the aim of having a safe and stable country where the dignity of Yemeni people, their rights and freedoms are preserved, and where respect for the principles and goals of the Yemeni revolution is restored and for the noble democratic choices of the Yemeni people agreed upon on 22nd of May 1990 as irrevocable choices.

The following is a summary of this proposed vision containing its key elements.

First:

Objective Diagnosis of the Current Crisis

Roots of the Crisis:

Despotic and autocratic clan or race based regimes that fostered central un-institutional power as a mean to justify and cover up its clan or race based monopoly of power, authority and resources. This is the true impasse and crisis that wasted the right of people in power and the right of country in its human and material resources and, thus, deepening retardation and waste.

Since 1930s, Yemenis were struggling and making substantial sacrifices with enormous number of martyrs to face and resolve this dilemma and abolishing its painful reflections by working to establish a national state as a frame for all Yemenis on the basis of equal citizenship, rule of law and a decentralized system representing the wishes of different groups and forces in the nation.

This continued until the morning of the 22nd of May 1990 when a peaceful unification was realized with all associated national and democratic contents, creating a favorable environment for resolving the historical crisis and opening horizons for the future through:

1. Ending the situation of geographic and social separation that affected the social and national identify of the Yemeni people and, thus, ensuring the direction of national resources to achieve envisaged social development and prosperity.
2. Eliminating all forms of factional discrimination, arrogance tendencies, autocracy and seizure of resources, which, under fragmentation and division, grew and dominated on other forms of consultative democratic regime dreamed of by Yemenis.
3. Opening doors for ousting all forms of autocratic rule, despotism and tyranny and establishing an institutionalized nation-state resting on the principles of equal citizenship and the rule of law as means to overcome the state of retardation and to catch up with the time, strengthen independence and national sovereignty.
4. The peaceful nature of the Yemeni unification represented a fresh start for new Yemeni history repudiating the use of violence for political purposes or in national struggle. Therefore, unity was correlated with political and partisan pluralism, the exchange of power through free and fair elections as inevitable conditions for enhancing the building of modern national state, which would not be built under the state of violence, fragmentation and conflicts over power, resources and decisions.

It is very unfortunate that events followed a different direction. A crisis broke out by the end of 1993 and a civil war erupted in the summer of 1994. In the wake of that war, the rulers pounced against the concepts of the national partnership and the nascent democratic project based on political and partisan pluralism and, hence, obstructed all horizons of hope that were open before Yemenis on 22nd of May 1990.

Second:

Key Manifestations of the Crisis (Read on …)

JMP Slams London Conference Outcome

Filed under: Donors, UN, JMP — by Jane Novak at 8:52 am on Friday, January 29, 2010

Saving a man not a nation:

Monsters and Critics: Five major Yemeni opposition parties said in a joint statement that the conference ‘tended to save the political regime in Yemen rather than the state which is exposed to a serious deterioration due to the policies of this same regime.’

The parties, led by the main Islamist party, Islah, said the government used the conference to gain foreign support ‘in the face of the dangerously deteriorating internal situation and the democratic life.’

They said the conference’s support for the Sana’a government have ‘depleted the last remaining hopes of Yemen and Yemeni people for a serious and real help from the international community.’

Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for the meeting in response to the failed bomb attack on an airliner over Detroit on December 25. The alleged bomber was reportedly trained in Yemen.

‘The meeting ended with ambiguous decisions that did not affect the essence of the Yemeni crisis in their manifestations except the security aspect,’ the statement said.

By supporting the government, the conference supported ‘instability and corruption,’ it added.

JMP Skeptical about Saleh’s Call to Dialog

Filed under: JMP, Political Parties, Presidency, Yemen, hostages — by Jane Novak at 8:08 am on Thursday, December 17, 2009

The JMP is dithering about whether to attend or not… Saleh is excluding southerners and the rebels. The RAY party (al Jifri) says the political prisoners should be released first including Mohammed al Maqael (and the hundreds if not thousands of others.) Yemen Times

SANA’A, Dec. 16 — President Saleh invited all political parties, civil society organizations and community leaders to the dialogue table in order to reach solutions for the crises the country is going through currently.

He did so three days ago as a response to escalating conflicts on more than one front in Yemen, and yielding to pressure from international powers that have called on the Yemeni government to reach peace settlement with various rebellious movements. (Read on …)

High Security Commission Threatens to Disband Opposition Parties

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen, Yemen-Democracy, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:57 pm on Friday, November 6, 2009

Another fork in the road up ahead, whether or not to continue the democratic experiment. When the Parliamentary elections were “postponed” in 2009, it was clear that there may never be another election again. One root cause of the tensions in Yemen is the declaration of the last presidential election as free and fair by both western observers and the JMP. The opposition traded the right to contest the process and outcome in hope of future reforms. The fragmented JMP was concerned about political violence arising from protests, and they used the moment to extract concessions on electoral reform from the Saleh regime. Many voters felt betrayed by the JMP and the system. And the JMP was prompted and predictably betrayed by Saleh. The targeting of the democracy activists after the election made it clear that no democratic spring was impending. If there is no way to impact the system with ballots, bullets become more attractive. The JMP is ineffective and disconnected from the voter base, and no one on the street may notice if the parties were disbanded. The JMP is being targeted for their statements in support of the principle of political inclusion, for calling for dialog with the Southern Movement (also highly fractured) and the Houthi rebels. The question is, if the existence of the forms of democracy, absent their functioning and the impartial application of the law, is better then a self declared dictatorship. The efforts the regime puts into democratic pretense gives cover to both the goonish shadow government as well as the allies who support them. From Saba News

SANA’A, Nov. 06 (Saba) – The Supreme Security Committee (SSC) has accused Yemeni opposition of involvement with al-Houthi rebellion and separatists in some southern governorates.

A source in the SSC said that the Joint Meeting Parties (JMPs) are engaged publicly in support with the rebels and separatists and justify all their sabotage acts that target the nation’s security and stability.

Amazing how the Yemeni government is unable to distinguish between criticism of tactics and policies and opposition to the political system itself. Just as a note, both Hussain and Yahya al Houthi were members of the GPC, so according to the SSC’s rudimentary logic, the GPC should be the first to be disbanded, which I suggested two years ago.

To follow, an Arabic article from al Masdar Online on the rather colorful SSC statement that the JMP is a “coalition of the devil.” Its Orwellian the way the Yemeni government deploys democratic terminology to do the most undemocratic things possible- as if shuttering al Ayyan, jailing journalists and targeting the opposition parties somehow strengthens the republic instead of just the elite.

اللجنة الأمنية العليا تتهم المشترك بالتورط في تأييد الحوثيين في صعدة والعناصر “الانفصالية” بالجنوب High Security Commission has accused of involvement in the joint support Houthis in Sa’ada and the elements “separatist” in the south
المصدر أونلاين- خاص Source Online – Special

في تطور خطير، وجهت اللجنة الأمنية العليا اتهامات مباشرة وغير مسبوقة لأحزاب اللقاء المشترك بالتورط والضلوع بشكل علني ومكشوف في تأييد ودعم المتمرديـن الحوثيين في صعدة، والعناصر “الانفصالية” في المحافظات الجنوبية. In serious development, the Committee made the supreme security charges direct and unprecedented JMP involvement and involvement in public and openly in favor of and support for the insurgents in Saada, and the elements “separatist” in the southern provinces. (Read on …)

Yemeni Opposition Spokesman Kidnapped, Beaten, Threatened

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:19 am on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This is President Ali Saleh’s version of dialog with the opposition.

News Yemen: The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), opposition coalition, condemned in a press statement on Sunday the kidnapping and harassment against its spokesperson Naif al-Qanis….Telling the story from the Science and Technology Hospital in the capital Sana’a, the assaulted al-Qanis told Al-Masdar: “Some gunmen kidnapped me to Hamadan district and cruelly hit me and broke my right hand and after that they threw me in the street. A taxi driver found me and took me to hospital.” Al-Qanis said the assailants were beating him and repeat “shut up the Joint Meeting Parties…You are licentious…You go beyond your limit”.

JMP’s al Sa’adi: There is no good will

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Elections, Islah, JMP, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:32 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This is a very interesting interview at the Yemen Post with Mohammed Al-Sa’adi
Assistant Secretary General of Islah Party, and not just because of al Saadi’s charcterization of the official media. At the same time the JMP produced a 90 page document on a national rescue plan:

Abdul Baset Al-Qaedi: The crisis is inflicting the country from its north to south together with an economic crisis, while the opposing Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) passively acts. Are you waiting for the regime’s collapse to be the alternative?

Mohammed Al-Sa’adi: I think you need to reconsider your vision. What is lost in people’s judgment is the objectivity. As a responsible person in JMP, let me tell you that we do bear the national concern. This is evidenced by the national vision proposed by JMP in which the situation of Yemen at different levels is diagnosed and solutions are put forward.

AQ: Some say that JMP is pushing towards complicating the situation in order to be the alternative?
MS: The ruling party is weak. Solutions provided in the past are no more effective. We have selected the best ways through which the peaceful transfer of power can be made including elections. We are trying to follow electoral channels and mechanisms which lead to a peaceful transfer of power. (Read on …)

JMP Issues Arabic Statement on Sa’ada War

Filed under: JMP, Media, Saada War — by Jane Novak at 5:20 pm on Monday, August 31, 2009

You would think that Yemen’s main opposition political party alliance would be capable of issuing a statement in English. It really limits their impact on the broader discussion when all their thinking and policies are only presented in Arabic. Even the Houthis are issuing English statements now, the Southerners are getting better at it (at least theres some websites now). The JMP doesn’t even have a website.

Each party has a paper and often a website. In the case of Islah’s al Sahwa, the webiste is accessable in Yemen, but the Socialists’ al Esheraki is often blocked from being viewed in Yemen. Still the alliance itself should a) have a website and b) issue statements in English, even as a summary of the main points of the longer Arabic statements.

Sahwa Net -Yemen’s main opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties, have again called for stopping Saada war between government forces and al-Houthi rebellion.

JMP affirmed that violence only escalates strains, sheds further blood and complicate problems.

JMP also demanded to allow local and international relief organizations to access the damaged areas and help the displaced, expressing its willingness to take part in any national efforts to solve the Saada crisis.

New TV Station Closed: Kuwait Caves to Pressure from Sana’a

Filed under: Civil Rights, Islah, JMP, Kuwait, Media, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:43 am on Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update 8/30/09: Kuwaiti diplomat denies the station even asked for a license and thus Kuwait never pulled it despite Yemeni government statements to the contrary.

Original post: Yemen is trying to shut down speech that they find too illuminating everywhere- including here in the US. Did Zindani ever get his programing up and running? That initiative was welcomed by Saleh but Hamid Al Ahmar’s satellite channel was fought vigorously through diplomatic channels. There was some prior tension between Yemen and Kuwait when Sana’a set up mourning tents for Saddam.

Kuwait government’s decision of closing down Suhail TV Channel, welcomed
Tuesday, 25-August-2009
al Motamar
Almotamar.net – A Yemeni official information source on Tuesday welcomed a decision taken by the Kuwaiti government on closing down transmission of Kuwait-based Suhail Satellite TV Channel owned by Hamid al-Ahmar.

The source said that positive decision has been received with big welcome by by the yemerni people’s circles owing to what that channel was broadcasting of programmes promoting to oisons of sedition , division and delusion of the public opinion and offending the reputation of the Yemeni people.

The source has , meanwhile , praised the brotherly relations between yemen and Kuwait and that of their two political leaderships in addition to the steady development of those relations in interest of the two Yemeni and Kuwaiti peoples.

Yemen also regrets the Iranian media “provocative campaign.”

JMP Suspends Dialog with GPC on Electoral Reforms

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Reform — by Jane Novak at 9:42 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Yemen Observer is usually more nuanced than the other stooge papers in spreading the regime’s propaganda, but this is the last line of the following article: All know that there is no political prisoner in Yemen and that those behind bars are those who committed acts and practices violating the law.

Anyway the YO article says the JMP formally announced the suspension of dialog with the GPC. (The JMP spokesperson Naif al-Qanis was later threatened with death in a car “accident” if he didn’t resign his post.)

Yemen may have seen its last election under the Saleh regime.

YEMEN – The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) decided to officially suspend their dialogue with the General People’s Congress (GPC) until their demands are met, the war in Sa’adah is stopped, and all confrontations and conflicts in southern and eastern governorates are settled, said the JMP spokesperson. (Read on …)

Yemeni Regime Refuses Opposition Dialog Conditions

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Media, Military, Presidency, Reform, Saada War, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:13 pm on Monday, July 20, 2009

The JMP has quite reasonable preconditions to dialog- release the prisoners, un-ban the newspapers and withdraw the new military checkpoints. The checkpoints give southerners the feeling of being occupied; the new outposts were an affront. There’s no dialog without a free press, and the Southern and Sa’ada prisoners are illegally detained. Its all very reasonable and logical, unfortunately the Yemeni dictatorship is not.

Yemen Times translates Al Sahwa:

• JMP accuses ruling party of disrupting agreement

Spokesman of Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) Mohammad Al-Qanis accused the ruling General People Congress of seeking to renege on an a agreement with the opposition parties, the website reported.

He further charged GPC with stalling, disrupting dialogue and dragging the country into unknown fate.

“JMP purposed three points to settle the crisis; remove new military checkpoints in the southern provinces, release all detainees of the Southern Movement and Saada War, and lift ban on all suspended newspapers allowing their printing and publication,” he went on to say.
(Read on …)

Yemen- a Country Run by Lunatics- Threatens Opposition Spokeman, Calls for Dialog, Closes Newspapers

Filed under: Civil Rights, JMP, PFU, Presidency, Targeted Individuals, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:23 pm on Sunday, July 19, 2009

I think President Ali Saleh is insane,a delusional dissembling megalomaniac who believes his own lies. Perhaps he’s a “borderline personality.” That would fit, considering his disconnect with reality, the perpetual claims of victimization and his complete failure to take responsibility for the outcome of any of his actions.

al Sahwa – The supreme council of the Joint Meeting Parties condemned what it called “fierce media attacks” and threats against its spokesman Naif al-Qanis.

JMP demanded that authorities to bring repeated media intimidations against its spokesman and Al-Haq party to an end, bringing the authorities responsible for al-Qanis’s safety.

JMP’s supreme council discussed arrests carried out against political activists including Moamad al-Obdil who was arrested Sunday in Aden and Abdul-Rahman al-Sharafi who was arrests on Tuesday on Sana’a, expressing its solidarity with the activists.

Hassan Zaid, Head of al Haq, Interview

Filed under: JMP, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:17 pm on Friday, July 17, 2009

Very informative…

YEMEN POST STAFF :

Yemen Post: President Saleh called for a dialogue a month ago, but you have not responded to that?
Hasan Zaid: First, the call was officially directed to the opposition. There was no mechanism for this dialogue and it was just announced in media outlets. Any call that lacks details relating to time, place, mechanism and topic to be discussed remains vague.

YP: Does this mean that you did not seize the opportunity?
HZ: As I see, there must be a mechanism. For every dialogue, parties should be committed to the agreement signed by the opposition parties represented in parliament and the ruling General People Congress. The obstacle before any dialogue lies on providing the apt political atmosphere. Amidst the recent measures that target basic freedoms like confiscating newspapers, arrests of Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) leaders in Southern provinces and trials in state specialized court as well as setting up a press court which will look into 150 cases. Any call at this time is an attempt to earn these measures the required legitimacy and to make JMP share the responsibility of what is happening.

YP: Does delaying dialogue mean that there is a division among JMP?
HZ: We have not given up dialogue and we demand putting into practice the agreement signed by JMP parties represented in parliament and GPC.
(Read on …)

Hamid and Ali Nassir Chat

Filed under: Islah, JMP, Political Opposition, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:40 am on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Interesting. The Yemen Post has some good quotes. And its entirely true that the best outcome is a unified, just system, but in order to do that, the current authorities have to be replaced. There’s a huge confidence gap in terms of some southerners view Hamid and the JMP though. How he would demonstrate his sincerity and committment to equal rights is a difficult question.

Earlier this week, Sheikh Hamid bin Abdullah al-Ahmar met President Ali Nasser Mohammed in Damascus confirming that the visit was his own initiative in an effort to discuss with President Ali Nasser Mohammed the ways for contributing to take Yemen out of the current crises, and preserving Yemen’s entity, achievements and unity. Al-Ahmar expressed his satisfaction with Ali Nasser’s fixed and well-known attitude towards Yemen’s unity that showes great readiness to continue and intensify his efforts in order to maintain Yemen’s stability, unity and integrity.

The Secretary of the Preparatory Committee for the National Dialogue confirmed in a statement having many views in common with Ali Nasser, including being very keen on Yemen unity, believing that the authority in Yemen is responsible for the current critical situation, and that a real change is needed for Yemen to be brought out of the crisis and for safe and prosperous future. He added that it is time for those who harmed Yemen to pay for it , and that Yemen is no longer able to bear the power’s mistakes that led to this complex and dangerous situation, explaining that repression and confiscation rights is not the way to counter any separatist calls, and that justice, bringing rights back to their owners, and addressing the real reasons that made people, who earlier took up arms to defend unit, today call for secession adding that misusing power and using it to penetrate the Constitution and breaking the law every day is the key reason of any behavior against the Constitution or the law by individuals or groups.

On the same regard, Al-Ahmar said that what authorities recently did, charging people of acting against national unity, taking advantage of having a complete control on the media, in addition to being able to breach the Constitution and the law to confiscate the freedom of opinion and insulting national figures, pointing out to Mohammed Salem Basendwah, all this shows nothing but being bankrupt which has become clear to all and everyone.

Al-Ahmar was also quoted as saying that the storm that the authority made through media outlets might be an attempt to justify a separatist step by the authority itself to ensure keeping power, even if it sacrificed Yemen’s entity, security and integrity explaining that recent words and actions by the authority proved that its only aim is keeping power and not the country, which justifies its inability to believe that still there are people whose only aim is just the people and the country.

Interesting concept but I think they just never learn.

(Read on …)

Yemen Arrests Party Leader and MP, Calls for Local Empowerment

Filed under: JMP, PFU, Parliament, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Amazing.

al Sahwa, Hadhramout – The Yemeni authorities arrested on Wednesday a top leader of Al-Haq party and the Joint Meeting Parties in Hadhramout province Yamin BaYamim, and attacked a member of parliament and the head of the Islah party Mohsin Basora.

For its part ,JMP condemned the acts, demanding the authorities to swiftly release Ba-Yamin.

Ba-Yamin and Basora were protesting in solidarity with journalists and eight independent newspapers that are facing a raid by the authorities due to their covering of the South incidents. They are also accused by the government of expressing views favorable to southern secessionists in their coverage of recent protests.

Yemen Post: President Saleh’s call for local ruling system has met the southern mobility leaders’ rejection and criticism. Moreover they doubted its credibility and considered it as sweet promises for external consumption.”We don’t believe in Saleh’s promise for local ruling system as it has no credibility,” said a field leader in what has become known as” southern mobility”, Nasser Al-Fadhli.

Northern Opposition Dialogs with Itself

Filed under: JMP, Saada War, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:51 pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Its a step in the right direction, but I don’t know how well they will be able to connect with the southerners, I hope they do but I’m dubious. The GPC will dialog with itself as well. The National:

SANA’A // Around 1,200 people representing different political, economic, social and religious groups will gather today in the Yemeni capital to discuss the challenges facing the country ahead of a national dialogue yet to be scheduled.

The two-day consultation meeting is organised by the Joint Meeting Parties, an opposition coalition of five parties that includes Islah, Yemen’s main Islamist party, and the socialist party.

“We have called for a national consultation meeting with representatives of different community groups including politicians, civil society activists, clerics, tribal chiefs and social dignitaries, businessmen and investors, academics and media professionals, women and youth activists, old veterans and others to bear their responsibility concerning the serious problems that threaten the society at large,” said Aidarous al Nakeeb, vice chairman of the supreme committee of the national consultation. (Read on …)

Dr. Al Iryani

Filed under: Biographies, Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:24 am on Friday, February 27, 2009

Yemen Online is “associated with” al Iryani as we know, so here he is as McBeth, really:

The True Picture of GPC and JMP negotiations and the role Dr. Al-Iryani played. YemenOnline exclusive. – Negotiations between the General People’s Congress GPC and the Joint meeting Parties JMP has been conducted for quite sometime while the political street awaited a solution.

YemenOnline exclusively reports what was going on behind the scenes regarding Yemen democratic experience.

The picture:

1) During the meeting of the General Committee of the General People’s Congress, Dr. Al-Iryani shows his objection, saying” Democracy is not Solo, and the International Community will not acknowledge elections carried out without the participation of the opposition parties.” (Read on …)

Yemeni Baath Party Trashed in Official Media

Filed under: JMP, Media, Political Parties, Presidency, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:03 am on Friday, February 27, 2009

fractures in the house of Saleh, al Sahwa:

Sahwa Net – The Joint Meeting Parties has denounced what labeled abuses and infringements practiced by the Yemeni official media against other parties , indicting that the authorities intervene on other party affairs and promote their divisions.

JMP expressed its sympathy with The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party which was subject to defamation campaign , calling all other political forces to strongly condemn abuses and smears practiced against it .

Election Postponed

Filed under: Civil Rights, Elections, GPC, JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:53 pm on Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lets see what happens. The odds are 87% (96%?) in the favor of the Yemeni government going the smoke and mirrors route, like with the governors “elections”. However, even grudging reforms are still reforms. The JMP has a lot of work to do internally.

Yemen Online

Yemen: Provisions of the agreement between GPC and JMP.
YemenOnline. Feb 25 – After several dialogues that the President called for between representatives of the General People’s Congress GPC and the Joint Meeting Parties JMP represented in the Council, and given the requirements of the national interest in carrying out free, fair and secure elections under a favorable political environment in which all political spectrums participate, all of the political parties represented in the Parliament hereinafter undersigned – the General People’s Congress, Islah Party, the Yemeni Socialist Party, the Unionist Nasserite People Party and the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party – request from the Parliament Presidency to take necessary constitutional procedures to amend Article 65 of the Constitution related to the Parliament duration in accordance with the law, allowing the extension period of the present Parliament for two years due to the lack of sufficient time for implementing the following reforms:

Firstly, parties, political organizations and civil society organizations should be given the opportunity to carry out the constitutional amendments necessary for the development of the political and electoral systems, including the Quota.

Secondly, the political parties represented in the Parliament should be enabled to complete the discussion of topics that have not been agreed upon during the preparation of amendments to the electoral law and integrating what was agreed upon at the heart of law.

Thirdly, the Higher Committee of Elections and Referendum be reconstructed as provided by law.

Yemeni Opposition Parties Refuse Unfair Election System

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, USA — by Jane Novak at 8:20 am on Thursday, February 19, 2009

There we go, a good articulation of the parties’ grievences and goals. And they are quite right, the system is stacked against them. The parties have been repeatedly and badly victimized by a variety of state organs following a political agenda. However, they are not inspiring any great confidence in their ability to lead by following the same authoritarian paradigms internally as a coalition and individually as parties. Hamid talks tough but there was that interval where no one knew where he stood.

Yemen Times: SANA’A, Feb. 15—The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) last Thursday reiterated its rejection of ruling party General People’s Congress (GPC) preparations towards the parliamentary elections scheduled for next April, calling the elections “illegal”.

The JMP said in a statement circulated during a press conference held at Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) premises that “the one-sided preparations are an aggression against the people’s rights to take part in free and credible elections. Therefore, there is neither value nor legitimacy for these elections and their results.”

The statement reviewed repressive measures against the opposition, including seizing YSP funds, and taking control of the Al-Shura newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Union of Popular Power, and its central office.

The government and its ruling party seized finances belonging to Al-Ba’th party, imposed a complete prohibition on Al-Haq party, fired members of the opposition from their jobs and aims to conduct elections amid dangerous national splits in the country, including problems in the south and consequences of the Sa’ada war, according to the statement. (Read on …)

Yemen Unrolls New Counter-Terror Measures Against 4000 Most Wanted

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, JMP, Presidency, Saudi Arabia, Security Forces, TI: Internal, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:25 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2009

Yes Ali Abdullah Saleh is jumping on the ball with demonstrable counter-terror measures, the standard routine that includes:

a) beat up people with names that sound like Zawahiri:

Sahwa Net – A Yemeni citizen ,Mohammad al-Zahiri, has been cruelly assaulted by security forces in Dhala governorate on grounds of his affiliation to al-Qaeda and kinship to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahi. Mohammad al-Zahiri told Sahwa Net that he was attacked as security forces suspected his name which is close to al-Zawhiri’s name.

2) Accuse the opposition of supporting al-Qaeda, which is just fricking hysterical considering all the dithering the regime is doing:

almotamar.net – Head of the political office at the General People’s Congress GPC Abdullah Ahmed Ghanim accused the Islah and Yemen Socialist Party YSP of embracing terrorist groups and promoting for their extremist ideas via their own papers with the aim of hindering the democratic process and parliamentary elections through the4 attempt for destabilizing security and stability.

In a statement to 26september.net Saturday he clarified that the Joint Meeting parties JMP want to go into alliance with extremist forces of the al-Qaeda, advocates of secession and rebels through what they term conference of national consultation in order to impede the parliamentary elections.

Mr Ghanim added the consultative conference planned for by the JMP is only for creation of a new political alliance groups , beside the parties of the JMP, the remaining of al-Houthi insurgents in Sada and those promoting for the culture of hatred and secession in the southern and eastern governorates in addition to representatives of the extremist and terrorist currents which the Islah party has lately adopted through highlighting anti-democracy views of those forces in the Annas and Al-Thawri newspapers.

3) Make announcements including a vow to hunt down the 4000 persons wanted by security.

almotamar.net - Yemen Ministry of Interior announced Sunday the implementation of a large-scale campaign for hunting down the wanted for security as a part of a plan dawn up by the Ministry and carried out in all governorates of Yemen.

Minister of Interior General Mutahar Rashad al-Misri said in the past few days the security apparatuses captured about 30 persons of the wanted by security , the latest of whom three persons of terrorist elements caught in Al-Baidha after they managed to escape from security men chasing in the governorate of Shabwa . He added that among those captured are accused of sabotage, kidnapping and killing crimes. He said about 4000 persons wanted by the security will be hunted down according to the Ministry’s plan

Other announcments include, typically, strong Yemeni-Saudi cooperation, hunting operations and arrests.

Its going swimmingly well.

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Demonstrations in Ibb, Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Elections, JMP, Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 12:23 am on Monday, December 1, 2008

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Yemen Post: Many demonstrations were held in various districts of Ibb province in protest against what protestors claim is the election expropriation and the coup against democracy.

Thousands of people rallied in the Thi Sufal district, Al-Qaeda city, denouncing the government’s measures to tackle the economic and political crises the country is experiencing. At the rally, Abdul Salam al-Khadiri delivered the speech of the Opposition’s Party Coalition, Joint Meeting Parties JMP, in which he said the gathering came as a result of the state’s deteriorating conditions in the country and that it was evidence for the sense of national responsibility.

He called on what he labeled as the ruling party wise men to put the country’s interests ahead of their own and narrow party interests. However, the gathering’s communiqué affirmed the importance of the public alignment to pull the country out of devastating policies created by the current government and the ruling party. The statement said standing differences will not be tackled except by a peaceful transition of power as well as fair, transparent and free elections.

Historical Triggers for Instability in Yemen

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Janes Articles, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:43 pm on Monday, November 24, 2008

The roots of protest: Prior elections impact future polls

By: Jane Novak, also at the the Yemen Times

LAHJ, Nov. 22 — Voter registration committees triggered protests on Thursday that drew crowds estimated at hundreds of thousands. The registration process was launched November 11 in preparation for April’s Parliamentary election.

A teen was killed at a registration center in Radfan, Lahj on November 15 when police opened fire on protesters, an opposition MP said. Registration committees were forcibly ejected by residents in other southern towns. Radfan was the scene of four fatalities in September 2007 when security forces clashed with protesters. The year-long protest movement in the southern governorates culminated in the election of the Southern Liberation Council (SLC) on November 14, 2008. The SLC, purporting to represent hundreds of thousands of southern Yemenis, will boycott the election.

Yemen’s opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), is boycotting the registration process. The JMP claims the registration committees were illegally formed and favor the ruling General People’s Congress Party (GPC). Security officials said on Thursday that hampering the committees’ activities is a crime. Dozens of JMP activists were arrested during otherwise peaceful protests.

Authorities report several hundred thousand new voters or domicile changes have been recorded since the registration process began. The GPC said the election will be held as scheduled and alleges the JMP is instigating the protests out of weakness.

After Yemen’s 2006 presidential and local elections, European Union (EU) election observers recommended measures to build public confidence in the electoral process, but steps were never taken. Current unrest stems largely from diminished pubic faith in the impartiality and integrity of the electoral process. Protests are also a backlash to the heightened expectations generated by the 2006 campaigns. (Read on …)

Bomb in Al-Dhalie, Hamid al-Ahmar Heads JMP Communication Committee

Filed under: Elections, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:01 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2008

SANA’A,NewsYemen

The Yemeni Socialist Party said that a huge bombing on Saturday hit the electoral center 297 in al-Jalilah city of al-Dale province to indicate rising tension over preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for April 27, 2009.

Several provinces witnessed more protests against the process of revising and updating voters’ list and field electoral committees which protestors considered as “illegal” and accuse them of counterfeiting the voters’ list. (Read on …)

Electoral Violence Hits Yemen Five Months Early, Southerners Form Council

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Janes Articles, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:27 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

Violence is breaking out all over Yemen, especially in the Southern governorates, in advance of April’s Parliamentary elections. Angry citizens have repeatedly attacked and expelled voter registration committees, and security forces opened fire on several occasions.

Yemen’s opposition party alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), is boycotting the registration process because the government reneged on implementing needed electoral reforms. Southern Yemenis just elected their own representative body, the Southern Arabian Liberation Council (SALC), which has called for an electoral boycott claiming the central government, not just the election, is illegitimate in the south.

Yemen’s government deploys the institutions, processes and rhetoric of democracy to legitimize its rule and gain western support. In reality, the consolidation of democracy has made little progress since 1994 when Saleh’s forces re-imposed a unified state on southern Yemen by force. At the center of the national dynamic is greed. Saleh’s regime loots the state treasury at every step of administration. Brutal security forces, secret police, corrupt courts and systematic torture are the systems in place for those who do not succumb to bribery, blackmail and threats. While the forms of democracy have spread, the practice has not.

Elections since 1993 reduced the citizenry’s access to power and reinforced autocratic tribal power structures. The parliamentary majority of Saleh’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), increased from 123 seats in 1993, to 187 in 1997 and 238 in 2003.

Through time, the state and ruling party became one entity. The state’s position as the largest employer in Yemen became a weapon of partisan politics. The GPC deployed a myriad of governmental resources in support of its candidates during the 2006 local and presidential election, and in meting out retribution after. Yemen’s first governors’ election in 2008 was a hasty process that rubber stamped GPC candidates. In the few cases where an independent won, the results were promptly overturned.

The impact of the ruling party’s merger with the state is magnified by the winner take all system (first past the post). The Yemeni opposition has long championed the proportional or list system. After the 2006 election, the ruling and opposition parties agreed to a number of electoral reforms based on recommendations from EU election observers. The GPC reneged, prompting the JMP to urge citizens not to register. The US funded National Democratic Institute that has been working with the parties is now urging consensus and, if necessary, postponing the election to allow time for the parties to come to an agreement. President Saleh said the election will go forward and numerous opposition activists have been arrested. Tensions have flared with Marib, Amran and Haja witnessing violence against electoral committees.

A significant development is South Yemen’s rejection of the entire political process. Yearlong regional protests were met with bullets and tanks, prompting southern Yemen to self-organize a representative political mechanism. The election of the Southern Arabian Liberation Council may have been the first “free and fair election” in Yemeni history. Its platform advocates a peaceful struggle for independence. The election results were announced in Yafi’ on November 14. The body consists of a president (Hassan Ba’oum), a ten member cabinet, 25 administrative officers and 352 National Council members.

The majority of Yemenis- north and south- are excluded from the ruling oligarchy. However Southern Yemen was under British rule for over a hundred years during which time several full bodied civil institutions functioned efficiently and impartially. The same cannot be said of northern Yemen during the Imamate or since the 1962 Republican Revolution. After the 1990 unification of north and south Yemen, media censorship, corruption and discrimination thwarted the institutional and cultural merger of the two Yemens. In Yemen, different histories and expectations are producing different outcomes among one people.

The 1994 north-south civil war ended with the military victory of President Saleh’s northern forces. Since then, southerners claim, the south has been looted as the spoils of war. Southerners perceive themselves as treated as third class citizens who face institutionalized discrimination and exclusion from the central government, which is firmly in the grip of the President and his family.

Public protests began in the south in May 2007. Dozens of demonstrators were shot by police, hundreds injured and over a thousand arrested. The regime’s response to the civil unrest consisted of a schizophrenic mix of violence, arrests and defamation sprinkled with fleeting allusions to wrong-doing by regime officials and superficial remedies to discriminatory policies. Thousands of troops reinforced the areas of greatest unrest. As government failed to remedy or even address the inequality, the response of the populist protest movement was to organize.

The failings of the JMP also had a demoralizing effect in the south where many as recently as 2006 were politically enfranchised and supportive of the opposition presidential candidate Faisel bin Shamlan. Southern disappointment lay not so much in the thuggish behavior of the GPC, which was expected, but instead in the opposition’s personal self-interest and capitulation. At a rally in the southern town of al-Dhalie on March 6, JMP speakers were pelted with stones and forced to leave. The JMP was again expelled from demonstrations in Radfan and Abyan in May 2008. Western observers’ lavish praise of a flawed process increased the sense of betrayal prevalent in the south. Following the 2006 election, it was the hope of achieving justice and equal rights in a unified state that prompted the year long demonstrations. It was the loss of that hope that brought about the Liberation Council which formally advances the notion that the south is illegally occupied by northern forces.

Electoral committees have been expelled throughout the south. There are also numerous no-go areas for government forces, including parts of Yafe, al-Dhalie, Abyan and others formerly under government control. All (northern) central government officials were expelled from Toor Albaha in Lahj in April 2008 and 40 soldiers captured. The soldiers were released four months later when the government agreed to several demands. Sheik Musa al-Nakhibi was freed by force from jail in Yafe on November 1. He had been charged with providing security for Hassan Ba’oum during the first Yafe conference in late October. The second Yafe conference, which elected the cabinet, was heavily guarded by men with RPGs, including farmers, laborers, academics and professionals.

-Jane

GPC will vote itself into office unilaterally

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Parliament — by Jane Novak at 1:27 pm on Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yay finally an article lists the pre-conditions that the regime reneged on: These included barring government officials from using influence to affect the vote, confining the registration of voters to their place of birth or residence and guaranteeing the impartiality of public financing and state-run media during election campaigns. There’s also the issue of the proportional list and obtaining a soft copy of the voters list (theres more male voters than men in Yemen).

SANA’A // The General People’s Congress, Yemen’s ruling party, said it will not postpone parliamentary elections scheduled for next April if the country’s political parties fail to reach an agreement over the poll, despite being advised to do so by the US National Democratic Institute.

The GPC and the Joint Meeting Parties, an opposition coalition of five parties that includes Islah, Yemen’s main Islamist party, have so far failed agree on an electoral committee to administer the elections.

“The central committee of our party decided in its extraordinary meeting last Thursday to go ahead with the election in its constitutional due time. The opposition is trying to cripple the election and we are not ready to postpone it to satisfy them,” said Tariq al Shami, a GPC spokesman. (Read on …)

NDI: Delay Better than Unilateral Election

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:59 am on Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mareb Press

WASHINGTON , DC – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) calls upon all parties in Yemen to work together to overcome the current impasse over the election law and election administration to ensure that the people of Yemen can experience well-managed and representative multi-party elections in 2009.

The 2009 parliamentary elections should be conducted in a manner that continues the many positive steps made during the conduct of the 2006 presidential and local council elections. However, the Institute is concerned that the current political tensions have made reaching consensus on crucial election issues difficult. Without broad agreement on the rules and procedures governing the election, Yemen could experience a political setback with unfortunate consequences for all Yemenis.

“The current tensions and challenges surrounding voter registration do not bode well for the process going forward. Rather, they underscore the need for the parties to come together to seek a consensus compromise so the elections can proceed as smoothly as possible and contribute positively to Yemen’s democratic development,” said Les Campbell, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at NDI.

NDI reaffirms that it is incumbent on all political parties to work collaboratively to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to the current impasse. As the parties seek to strengthen democracy in Yemen, they should honor the spirit of prior agreements and not become entrenched in partisan demands that might undermine the electoral process.

If the parties are unable to reach consensus and resolve the current impasse in a timely manner, then the government of Yemen should be open to considering a delay of the elections, in accordance with Yemen law and regulations.

Mr. Campbell stated earlier today, “Yemen has been grappling with the challenges of making democratic progress over the last dozen years. If it takes a bit more time to establish consensus rules and administration for the 2009 elections, it is worth taking that time, consistent with Yemeni law, so that these elections can be seen as a positive step and not a setback.”

Since 1993, NDI has been a partner in Yemen’s democratic development. The Institute continues to work in support of Yemen’s pursuit of multi-party democracy and its efforts to build on Yemen’s considerable accomplishments in the sphere of political reform.

The National Democratic Institute is a non-profit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government.

Yemen Electoral SCER Committees Unwelcome, Expelled

Filed under: Elections, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:28 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2008

Two reports from al-Motamar, one says the SCER is fine, just fine. The other reports obstruction. In reality its a lot worse than that. The state blames the JMP but thats another propaganda ploy. The JMP doesnt have a leading roll on the unrest and rejection at all. Its deeper than that.

Political motives & tribal problems cause temporary delay in election committees
Saturday, 08-November-2008
almotamar.net – Member of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) Adeh al-Janadi said Saturday that 95% of the work of the supervising, basic and subcommittees on revising and amending voter records of 2008 in Yemen progresses calmly and regularly. He added that indicates success of the process of revising and correcting voter records. (Read on …)

JMP Member Assassinated by Car Bomb

Filed under: JMP, Local gov, Targeting, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:38 am on Monday, November 3, 2008

An explosive planted under the seat. News Yemen

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Member of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), opposition coalition, Haidar Mohammad Farha al-Hazmi, was killed Saturday by a mine planted under his car seat.
Security director of Sana’a province Mohammad Tareeq said investigations are ongoing to divulge the killer and unveil motives behind the assassination.

Al-Hazmi was also member of the local council of Arhab district, north Sana’a. JMP has condemned the murder and asked for the arrest of criminals, but did not accuse anyone. It called people to offer any information may lead to assassin.

JMP warned of consequences of such “unprecedented” crime, calling on security authorities without delay to bring criminals to justice.

Two weeks ago, a security official was assassinated in Mareb by a letter bomb. The operation was described to be the first of its kind.

Retired Military Would Support JMP Election Boycott

Filed under: Elections, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:07 am on Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sahwa Net – The official spokesman of Military Retirees Association Abdul al-Matari has said that MRA would stand by the Joint Meeting Parties if it boycotted the up-coming parliamentary elections.

“We would stand by JMP if it boycotted the up-coming elections as we don’t pay attention to elections and only focus on the southern issue” he told Sahwa Net.

“If the southern issue was recognized, then we could talk about other issues such as elections” added he.

GPC Calls JMP Extremists

Filed under: GPC, JMP — by Jane Novak at 8:12 am on Thursday, September 25, 2008

The regime exploits the terror attacks every time, on the home front and abroad.

Almotamar.net – Assistant Secretary General of the General People’s Congress (GPC) for Information Sector Dr Ahmed Ubaid Bin Daghr said Friday the current stage is characterized Assistant Secretary General of the General People’s Congress for Information Sector Dr Ahmed Ubaid Bin Daghr said Friday the current stage has different characteristics and it is object to discussion and exchange of opinions among political leaderships in the arena. (Read on …)

JMP Rejects GPC Formed SCER

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:39 am on Monday, September 1, 2008

News Yemen

The Supreme Council of the Joint Meeting Parties announced it would neither boycott the coming parliamentarian elections in April 2009 nor run the election “with conditions set by the ruling GPC.”

Chairman of the council Abdul-Wahab al-Anisi said at a press conference, held on Sunday at the headquarters of the Yemeni Socialist Party, the rejection of election law amendments by GPC was “coup against democratic margin in the country.” (Read on …)

Ammedments Ignored, Prisoners Remain in Jail

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:49 pm on Monday, August 25, 2008

Negotiations, epic fail.

Yemen’s opposition accuses ruling party of seeking to forge up-coming elections
al-Sahwa- Yemen’s opposition, the Joint Meeting Parties, has held the ruling party, the General People Congress, responsible for any dire consequences resulted in by its refusal of approving a new election law.

GPC had ruled out on Monday a draft of amendments to the election law which have been prepared for the past year in effort to bring more women into parliament, curb vote-rigging, limit the influence of government officials and confining the registration of electors to their place of birth or residence while rejecting the place of work.

JMP said, in a statement released on Tuesday, that the ruling party’s parliamentary bloc carried out a coup against democracy since it refused voting on a draft of election law amendments.

Yemen’s main opposition parties also accused the ruling party of breaking its pledges ; releasing the political prisoners, and illegally forming an election commission in separation, considering such measures evidence of preplanning to counterfeit the up-coming parliamentary elections, due to take place in April 2009.

JMP further affirmed that refusal of the election law amendments undermine a principle of political multiparty, escalate tensions and result in serious consequences.

“GPC is seeking to hold forged elections in which public money is exploited” it added, pointing out that such elections would much deepen widespread unemployment, impoverishment and corruption.

On the other hand, the ruling party described the recent measure as constitutional, indicating that the opposition failed to name its nominees for the election commission.

Arab Baath Socialist Party Re-Joins JMP

Filed under: JMP, Syria, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Ba’ath Party previously withdrew from the JMP prior to Yemen’s presidential election, around the time the JMP came out with the proposal to convert to a parliamentary system (Novemeber 2005 I think.) .

Yemen Post

The Arab Ba’ath Socialist party earlier this month presented a proposal to join the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP).

In a meeting held last Friday, the (JMP’s) Supreme Council agreed to accept on the Arab Ba’ath Socialist party’s proposal. This brings to six the number of the parties that currently form the oppositions (JMP).

In a press release of which sahwah.net received a copy of, the (JMP) Supreme Council Chairman Abdul Wahab Al-Anesi highly welcomed the Arab Ba’ath Socialist party to join (JMP), considering this a positive step in facing the upcoming challenges.

It further mentioned that (JMP) Supreme Council Chairman Abdul Wahab Al-Anesi praised the Arab Ba’ath Socialist party, mentioning its good work during the previous dialogues held by the People General Congress party (GPC) and the opposition parties.

Meanwhile, the report revealed that the meeting held by JMP and the Arab Baath Socialist Party criticized the government’s actions that aimed to turn down the party’s proposal to join the (JMP), considering this action by the ruling party a clear violation to its rights. It further condemned all forms of tampering and interfering headed by the (GPC) in the internal affairs of the opposition parties. It is worth mentioning that the Arab Ba’ath Socialist party was previously one of the most loyal parties to the ruling party.

The Joint Meeting Parties boycotted parliament sessions for one month in July, opposing the ruling party’s claim to form the Supreme Committee of Election and Referendum (SCER) according to their own agenda, assuring that such an act could add political and social tensions.

It further affirmed that such steps are early trends which will result in a non free parliamentary elections, which are supposed to be held early next year, demanding to reform the election system as a whole in accordance with the agreements signed between both sides, regarding SCER and recommendations suggested by the EU Election Observation Mission.

In order for the ruling party to put more pressure on the opposition JMP parties, it decided last month to form its own coalition of parties with the National Council for Opposition, Al-Ba’ath Arab Socialist National Party, Yemeni Association Party and Democratic September System. They all signed a strategic political coalition document, hoping that it could replace the JMP ‘s presence during the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Political Impasse

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:07 pm on Friday, August 8, 2008

http://www.yemenonline.info/news-887.html

Yemeni Parliament to receive political parties candidates for SCER tomorrow
YemenOnline- August 8,2008 – Well informed source declared to YemenOnline that the General People’s Congress (GPC) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will present a list of their candidates for membership of the Supreme Commission for Election and Referendum (SCER) to the parliament.

According to the sources the list of the GPC and the NDA includes 9 of outstanding figures. It is also supposed that the opposition (Joint Meeting Parties) (JMP) would present to the parliament a 6-member list of candidates. The parliament would nominate 15 persons and refer their names to the President of the Republic who will issue a presidential decree of appointing only 9 of them as members of the SCER.Political observers commented that the agreement of between GPC and JMP of the formation of (SCER) will end 9 months of Disagreements

SANA’A, Aug. 5 — Despite an announced agreement between the ruling General People’s Congress and the Joint Meeting Parties on a government project to amend the Election Law presented to Parliament last week, the JMP-affiliated Socialist Party boycotted Tuesday’s Parliament sessions dedicated to discussing the amendments.

Further, the Socialist Party has determined to boycott all such parliamentary sessions until all political detainees are released and the situation in the southern governorates is resolved.

Member of Parliament Mohammed Saleh Al-Qubati, head of the Socialist parliamentary bloc and JMP spokesman, said, “It’s unreasonable to move forward regarding the elections without releasing these political detainees because this issue relates to all agreements and dialogue issues involving the ruling party.” (Read on …)

SCER Dispute Goes On and On

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Yemen-Election — by Jane Novak at 8:29 pm on Friday, August 1, 2008

Cabinet refers election amendments to the parliament, JMPs reject them
Wednesday 30 July 2008 22ouWed, 30 Jul 2008 22:42:36 +0300 10 PM / Mareb Press

The Cabinet referred yesterday to the parliament a draft amendment of some articles of the law No. 13 for the year 2001 regarding the general elections and referendum in order to complete constitutional procedures.

The spokesmen of the opposition Join Meeting Parties (JMPs), Mohammed al-Qubati, confirmed the refusal of JMPs for the government’s approval for the election amendments.

“The election amendments approved and referred by the cabinet to the parliament represent only the viewpoint of ruling party. These amendments are rejected by the JMPs because they do not include the whole election system,” he said.

He added the JMPs demanded to integrally amend the election system.

“In the case, the amendments referred to the parliament they will be rejected by the JMPs’ parliamentarian block,” he added.

Al-Qubati accused the government and ruling party of avoiding implementing the agreements that ensure conducting fair and free democratic elections.

He denied holding dialogues between the JMPs and the General People’s Congress over this issue. He added there is a contact between them over other issues.

The amendment draft is mainly focusing expanding the issue of challenges and approving the right to challenges against candidates for parliamentary and local elections during the period of nomination in addition to guarantying impartiality in civil service, public property and official media during electoral campaigns.

The amendments also include approving the right to file complaints during the electoral process, enhancing the current legal texts that confirm independence and impartiality of the Election Supreme committee, organizing the security in the elections, expanding the local, international observation over the election and determining the rights and commitments of observers.

Clone Opposition Coalition Signs Pact With Ruling Party Endorsing All Policies

Filed under: JMP, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:31 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2008

The GPC created an “opposition” coalition (including the Baath party which is headed by the President’s nephew*) in an effort to undermine the JMP. (The JMP although partially co-opted is partially not). However the new opposition are all regime allies who have come together under the lovely name “National Democratic Coalition”. Do we think the international community and western press will fall for this latest slight of hand? Maybe.

Saba News

PGC, opposition parties sign political coalition document

SANA’A, July 23 (Saba)- Ruling party People General Congress (PGC), Parties of National Council for Opposition, al-Ba’ath Arab Socialist National Party, Yemeni Association Party and Democratic September System signed on Wednesday a strategic political coalition document.

Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who signed the coalition document, called the National Democratic Coalition, for PGC part, expressed his great pleasure for holding this meeting that represents strategic political trend for serving national aims and Yemeni two revolutions’ goals.

The coalition document’s items included a number of public norms that stipulate on grasping Islam as a faith and legislation, protecting national bases toped by republican system, revolution and unity, and implementing law and constitution.

The document also affirms facing calls for separatism, sectarianism, regionalism and tribalism, and fighting all forms of false political and intellectual mobilizations harming national unity as well as fighting violence, extremism, terrorism, organized crime, all forms of hatred and seditions among Yemeni citizens and working on keeping social security and peace.

The document stipulates on activating role and activities of cultural, thinking, educational and information institutions in stabilizing unity, democracy and social justices as well hating violence, separation and hatred for improving national enlightenment among the people.

In addition to a number of mentioned conditions above and others, the parties have agreed on regulating parties law, especially committees, financial resources and bases of distributing government support among them.

*Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, head of the Central Security Forces, is president Saleh’s nephew. He is also the secretary general of the Yemeni Baath Party, according to the Yemen Observer, and hosted a condolences service after Saddam Hussain’s execution. Yahya Saleh heads an organization dedicated to supporting the Lebanese and Palestinian causes with charitable contributions, the Yemeni Public Committee to Support the Resistance. A symposium at Sanaa University organized by the Yemeni Popular Committee to Support Palestinian, Lebanon, Iraqi Resistance featured Sheikh Harith al-Dhari, head of the Iraqi Muslim Scholars Association, who is wanted in Iraq for colluding with insurgents, At the symposium in December 2006, Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, “praised the Iraqi resistance that could prove itself and cause loses to the occupation forces. He considered the siege imposed by the US on Iraq as a clear example of the hostility of the US and its allies,” al-Motamar, website of the GPC reported. Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh is also chairman of the Yemeni Society of Tourism and Travel Agencies. And he’s head of the Progress and Advancement Forum.

JMP Holding Elections Hostage

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:10 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2008

The JMP, which is the actual political opposition not like that new fangled creation, must get on the ball. The Parliamentary election is in April and the SCER isn’t formed yet.

Yemen Online

Yemen Elections : JMP shouldn’t hold the elections hostage ” El-Erayni says

Dr.Abdul karim El-Eryani, Political Advisor of the Yemeni president and Second Vice-President of General People Congress (Ruling party) declared to YemenOnline that the elections and formation of the Supreme Commission For Elections & Referendum (SCER)are completely independent process . Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) shouldn’t hold the elections hostage because they have political problems with the government.Dr.El-Eryani has left the dialogue on the formation of SCER with JMP because they were insisted on linking elections to other issues not related to elections .

Yemeni Opposition MPs Continue Boycott of Parliament

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Parliament — by Jane Novak at 10:01 pm on Friday, July 4, 2008

Yemen Times

SANA’A, July 2 — Parliament last Tuesday approved suspending discussion on a project to amend a law regarding the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum in order to achieve political agreement between Yemen’s main parties within the formation of such committee.

The government proposed a project last November to amend the election law to stipulate that committee members be judges, which caused reservations within the Joint Meeting Parties, who demanded the committee be comprised of politicians, based upon party-agreed principles. However, the ruling General People’s Congress suggests the committee be formed in accordance with the number of voters in the April 2003 parliamentary elections.

The state-run Saba News Agency reports that the Yemeni Parliament – in which the GPC holds 229 out of 301 seats – approved suspending discussion of the project to amend the public election law “out of its belief regarding the importance of political agreement and achieving the nation’s supreme interests, as the involved parties and political organizations continue the process of political dialog.”

It also pointed out that Parliament expressed its sorrow at the absence of JMP parliamentary bloc members from Parliament sessions, claiming they changed their decision regarding boycotting Parliament.

JMP parliamentary bloc members have been boycotting such sessions since June 9 in protest against the amendment project’s placement on Parliament’s schedule.

Update: And they’re back.
Changed their minds, made a deal: Sahwa Net –parliamentary blocs of the Yemeni opposition have declared ending of their boycott to the parliament’s sessions in return of the ruling party abandoning to discuss a draft which through it was intending to pass an election law solely using its majority. They achieved consensus on 60% of the issues the GPC reports.

Yemen’s Opposition Boycotts Parliament Session

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Parliament — by Jane Novak at 7:04 am on Friday, June 13, 2008

Protesting the hegemonic ruling pary’s unilateral decision to form the SCER (electional oversight) from appointed judges.

Sahwa Net – Yemen’s opposition, the Joint Meeting Parties, has been boycotting the parliament session, opposing the ruling party insistence to form the Supreme Committee of the Election and Referendum according to their own agenda, stressing that such act could exacerbate political and social tensions and end the remainder of the democratic margin.

It further affirmed that such steps are early inclinations to counterfeit the parliamentary elections to be hold in the early of the next year, demanding to reform the election system as a whole in accordance with the agreements singed between both sides regarding SECR and recommendations suggested by the EU Election Observation Mission.

The opposition’s parliamentary bloc had boycotted the parliament sessions a week ago protesting a draft presented by the ruling party to amend the election system individually.

Rebels Within 12 miles of Sana’a Defeated: Regime

Filed under: Diplomacy, JMP, Saada War — by Jane Novak at 9:12 am on Saturday, May 31, 2008

The government bombing entirely flattened several villages. Hundreds of women and children forced to flee have no where to go.

IHT: Yemeni officials say government forces have beaten back an advance by northern rebels who brought their fight south to within 12 miles of the capital San’a over the past few days.

Until recently, the rebellion that began in 2004 had been concentrated in Saada province, close to the Saudi border more than 100 miles from the capital.

But in the last three days, government forces pounded a mountainous area near San’a around the village of Bani Heshiash to battle advancing rebels, tribal and local officials said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.

The government put checkpoints on main streets in San’a, searched cars and questioned passengers while deploying armored vehicles to Bani Heshiash, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.

Houthis requests JMP mediate:

Al-Houthis ask opposition to mediate Sa’ada war

Sana’a, May 31, 2008 (YemenOnline) – Al-Houthis reportedly requested opposition Joint Meeting Party (JMP) to mediate Sa’ada war between the Yemeni authorities and al-Houthis.

Opposition sources said that Saleh Habra, al-Houthis senior negotiator, called one of JMP leaders and asked the opposition to launch a mediation between the government and al-Houthis to end a four-year old war in Sa’ada.

The sources added that the JMP authorized one of its senior leaders to contact al-Houthis as a prelude to begin mediating Sa’ada war between the two parties.

Seven al-Houthis followers were arrested in Sana’a. State News Agency reported that the arrestees were plain-clothed security officials.

JMP Rejects Governors Elections

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Local gov, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:29 pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yemen Observer

The GPC Political Secretary, Abdullah Ahmed Ghanim, announced that their meeting which was held last Thursday changed the governors’ election timetable. Formerly scheduled for April 27, the election will now take place at a later date in May. The ruling GPC’s general committee member said the committee decided to delay the April 27 date since the president decided to call for the election of local council bodies for the governors to take place in May.

Ghanim said that the governors’ elections postponement will allow time for finishing the election procedures, giving ample time for submitting nomination forms. It will also provide the necessary time for examining forms and their competence with the nomination law terms. The postponement also provides time for the obtainment of consent because the nominee should have the consent of at least ten percent of the electoral body, on condition that the number of nominees does not exceed ten persons in each governorate. The final time for elections will then be determined, followed by the vote’s count and result declaration. “We are going to have the right time and procedures,” the source said.

Ghanim pointed out that the GPC will be running the governors’ elections in all governorates, even in the al-Dale governorate in which the GPC has no local council majority.

It does, however, have a large representation of governorates and directorates at local council level. Ghanim expected that the parliament will determine the formation of the supreme election committee in May.

As a first reaction to the opposition, the JMP spokesperson, Dr. Mohammed Saleh al-Qubati, said that the approval of the governors’ election draft law by the ruling party majority is no more that humorous comedy. Marking serious drawbacks of the GPC’s leading authorities and their commitments, the JMP declared that they will accept either local governments or a fully authorized local governance.

Al-Qubati said that the authority and its ruling party’s trend in tackling the law amendment will contribute to escalating present crises.

As spokesperson for the JMP, al-Qubati announced their refusal to accept the local authority’s draft to amend the law concerning governors’ elections, declaring that there is no point in joining such mock elections which are tailored to the ruling party.

State of Emergency in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:28 pm on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mareb Press

A decree banning protests in Yemen has left the country in an “undeclared state of emergency” according to opposition parties that can no longer take to the street without prior permission from the government.

The decree was issued last week by the country’s highest defence council, chaired by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after a series of protests demanding “genuine reforms” in southern provinces led to riots and violence.

Two days after the decree, Saleh issued another setting the date of 27 April for electing the chiefs of the country’s 22 provinces instead of appointing them — an attempt to show flexibility in giving more powers to provinces, especially those of the south where some protesters over the last few months were demanding secession.

The opposition alliance, Islamists, Socialists and Nasserites, has refused such measures demanding serious solutions to the country’s problems. Hundreds were arrested over the last few weeks when the government used force to quell riots in more than three southern provinces. “Using force will make things even worse. Using force has failed in the past,” read a statement issued Monday by the three main opposition parties.

The Yemeni government accuses the three main opposition parties of incitement via protests that began about one year and a half ago when thousands of retired military and security individuals took to streets complaining they were ousted from their posts after the civil war of 1994. The opposition says it supports only peaceful protests that seek solutions to the lasting effects of the 1994 war in the framework of national unity.

The retired and jobless protesters, however, though affiliated mostly to the Socialist Party, are apparently in disagreement with most political opposition parties that call for preservation of national unity. In some protests, the retired and jobless, or the “Southern Movement” as they call themselves, used slogans that eschew unity. They also clashed with opposition Islamist and socialist and Nasserist figures that call for peaceful struggle.

Yemeni Minister of Interior Rashad Al-Alimi, when summoned by parliament last week to account for developments in the south, accused Yemeni expatriates living abroad of supporting anti-unity protesters. The government said it would put on trial all those involved in breaking the law by inciting riots and acts of sabotage.

Dialogue between the government and opposition remains at a standstill. The two sides have been trading accusations over the deteriorating situation, including armed rebellion in the north and rising prices in general.

The opposition alliance boycotted last Thursday a meeting held by Saleh in the presidential palace with the aim of addressing the causes of protest in the south. President Saleh in turn accused the opposition of spreading a “culture of hatred” and of attempting to block his reform programme which he vowed to implement after winning the 2006 presidential elections.

The opposition accuse Saleh of excluding them as partners in the political process and threatening “the peaceful democratic project” by resorting to the use of state force.

Draft Law on Governors’ Election by Local Councils Approved, JMP Cranky

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Local gov, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:34 am on Monday, April 21, 2008

26 September Net

Yemeni parliament approved on Wednesday with majority amendments of some articles of the local authority draft law concerning election of provinces governors.

The MPs backed down from amending the phrase that the government asked on Tuesday to be debated again on Wednesday. The phrase stipulates the candidate to the post of governor should be registered in the elector record of the province and the parliament voted with majority on the text as presented by the government, stipulating that the candidate must be resident in the governorate or his work place is there or it is the place of residency of his family. (Read on …)

Rigged Union Votes

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Unions, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:52 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yemen Times

- Laborers protest at Marib governorate’s premises, accusing ruling party of rigging trade union’s votes

Tens of public sector workers gathered on Monday before Marib governorate’s premises protesting against the ruling party for allegedly rigging trade union elections that took place in the governorate, the weekly reported in one of its front page stories. It added that the Marib local authority ordered tens of security and military soldiers to take control of the hall where the election was held, following withdrawal of the protesters, who challenged integrity of the election and neutrality of the supervisory committee in charge of overseeing the electoral process.

According to the weekly, the protesters also demanded the competent authorities in the government to take firm procedures against those accused of rigging the vote and committing other illegal violations with the intention of manipulating the vote result in favor of the ruling party.

Despite two of the supervisory committee members quit as a result of the challenges presented by the protesters, branch of the General People Congress in the governorate continued its activities and manipulated the vote result in favor of its candidates. The Ishteraki.net correspondent in Marib mentioned that the protestors staged a peaceful demonstration after they withdrew from the election conference, adding that they didn’t involve in clashes with policemen.

The weekly quoted a protestor as saying that there are individuals, who were appointed by the ruling party as agents for its candidates, however, they don’t work in the governorate, pointing out that the party also appointed ghost workers.

Opposition Abandons The Protests

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:31 am on Sunday, March 9, 2008

What happened, the JMP ran away when the protesters started seperatist chants?

JMP puts off massive protest, Alshawa.net

March 6, 2008 – The Joint Meeting Parties put off its massive protest which was set to be held on Thursday in Al Dhala province due to attempts spurred by the authorities to draw the grassroots into clashes and violent acts.

The spokesman of JMP Mohammad al-Sabri said that the protesting activity was delayed in order to avoid bloodshed, pointing out that JMP would go on its peaceful activates against corruption and separation.

The executive body of JMP held the security authorities responsible of the attempts which hampered its peaceful activities.

The protest aimed to demand the southerners’ grievances, human rights and fighting corruption.

Yemeni President blasts opposition parties Mareb Press–Gulf News Sana’a:

Last Thursday, the three main opposition parties, Islamists, Socialists and Nasserites, abandoned a big rally in the south.

Minutes after it started a group of people carrying the flags of the former south Yemen stormed the rally in Al Dahale’e.

The opposition is sometimes accused of encouraging protests in the south where retired military and security soldiers have been using slogans against national unity while demanding their rights since early last year.

Saleh Meets with JPM without GPC

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:43 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SOMETIMES he has to act as President of the country first, and leader of the party second. But in this case, I wonder what issues they were discussing.

SANA’A, NewsYemen

A leading source in the ruling General People’s Congress party (GPC) has disclosed that president Saleh has met with opposition leaders before leaving to Turkey without the participation of GPC leaders.

The source said some members of the GPC’s General Committee are discontent with the president’s meeting with opposition that came one day after the committee’s decision to stop any dialogue with opposition.

“We have been surprised over the meeting between president Saleh and leaders in the Joint Meeting Parties on Friday. We could not discuss that because of president’s travel” said the source.

Source in the JMP have confirmed the meeting between president Saleh and leaders from Islamic Islah, Yemeni Socialist Party and Yemeni Nasserite Party. It told NY that a heated discussion occurred between president Saleh and the acting head of Islah’s High Authority Mohammed al-Yadumi. It said that president Saleh and opposition leaders have agreed to continue dialogue on national issues before parliamentary elections in 2009.

New Mediation Efforts Generating Hope, Frustration

Filed under: JMP, Saada War, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:51 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mareb Press:

The Supreme Council of the Opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMPs) demanded the government to reveal the content of the Qatar brokered agreement with AlHouthi.

The Prime Minister, Ali Mojour, said during his meeting with representatives from the JMPs, that the agreement which was signed in Doha was secret.

The JMP said, “This does not go with the constitutional duties of the government and the constitutional rights of the citizens and the parliament that authorized the government to use force in March 2007, to know the nature of the agreement.”

The JMPs supreme council condemned in a press release the deliberate negligence of the official media for the JMPs’ letter directed to the president last Wednesday about its vision and position towards the recent developments in Sa’ada.

The JMPs confirmed its support for any national effort aimed to shed the blood of Yemenis.

The council expressed its wonder from the language used against JMPs in the official media confirming that the national positions of the JMPs did not need to be certified by the authority. It added that the authority should respect the partnership with the opposition.

The JMPs added, “The words and language used by the official media show the totalitarian mentality of the party and the authority which cares only in facing the national problems about the support of parties for its wrong policies and this was rejected by JMPs since long time.”

The JMPs also condemned the republication of cartoons insulting Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him in 17 Danish newspapers. The JMPs called the international community for criminalizing the insults against all religions and prophets.

Yemen Times

SA’ADA, Feb. 17 — The new mediation committee, comprised of eight Qatari military officers and conflict management experts and chaired by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Saif Muqaddam Bin Saqr Abu Al-Ainein, held a meeting with military and security commanders on Saturday in the Sa’ada provincial capital-based Republican Palace, said reliable sources from Sa’ada governorate. The sources added that the government and Houthis both made painful concessions to end ongoing confrontations. (Read on …)

JMP Meets Sheche

Filed under: JMP, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:18 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Gee, the way the GPC is reacting you would think that the US and Yemen were enemies instead of the close allies we are purported to be. Something akin to Nacy Pelosi in Syria…

What American recent developments?

Yemeni organisation condemns JMP meeting with the US ambassador
Tuesday, 19-February-2008

http://www.almotamar.net/en/4255.htm

almotamar.net – The Yemeni organisation against seeking courage from outside on Monday condemned the meeting that grouped leaders of the Joint Meeting Parities (JMP) with the US ambassador to Yemen and his deputy and the national issues discussed in the meeting that the JMP media considered as the American recent developments regarding Yemen.

While the organisation condemned the meeting held at the headquarters of the Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) it has demanded the JMP to explain the American recent developments, and considered that meeting as continuation of the JMP in engaging the foreign circles in engaging foreign circles in Yemeni national issues.

The organisation’s statement mentioned that it would have been better for those leaderships putting what they have of visions in a national frame whether at the level of the political leaderships or the representatives at the constitutional establishments.
The statement added that despite “we do not know about what was in the agenda of the American ambassador we affirm that the meeting would represent a black mark against parties founded according to the constitution and the law and they are supposed to embody the national interests in all of their activities.” The organisation also warned against continuing of those conducts ands asked all the good people of the political forces and civil society organizations to stand against such acts that would work to hostage the homeland and its higher interests to foreign powers and their ambitions and illegal interests.

Bizarro World

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:07 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

bwahahaha

I like especially the Greenpeace party and the clone of the PFU.

al-Motamar: GPC meets with “Oppposition”

The meeting grouped leaderships of political parties and organisations of the GPC, Sons of Yemen League, Arab Baath Socialist , September Democratic Organisation, Yemeni Unionist Assembly, People’s Unionist Liberation, Social Greenpeace , People’s Democratic, Liberation Front Party, Democratic Union of People’s forces, Nationalist Social Party and People’s Unity Party.

Yemen Will Finance the GPC A Lot, Other Parties- Not So Much

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:07 pm on Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tending toward a one party state continues

almotamar.net – In a dialogue session on Saturday presided over by the General People’s Congress (GPC) Secretary General Abdulqader Bajammal, 13 Yemeni political [parties and organisations affirmed their commitment to what had been signed in the agreement of principles which was signed by political parties and organisations in June 2006 concerning the supreme commission for election, stressing their keenness on importance of adhering to the constitutional and legal principles and political action.

The dialogue meeting on Saturday has discussed a proposal for amending article 19 pertaining to the financial support and assistance of the political parties and organisations for strengthening their situations and allotting of no less than 25% of government allocations to be distributed on equal basis among all the parties and distribution of the 75% according to the votes that each party has gained in the latest parliamentary elections.

The meeting also discussed a suggestion on amending article 13 regarding the formation of the parties and organisations committee. The discussion also included a new proposal on re-formation of the political parties and organisations’ committee and the proposal demanded that the parties committee should be composed of seven members chaired by the state minister for the affairs of the parliament and the shoura council and the membership of two members chosen by the Supreme Judiciary Council, two members selected by the shoura council and two members chosen by the lawyers union.

The meeting has also discussed a proposal of amending article 9 so that the article should be drafted in a way achieving larger concept and bigger practice of democracy and internal life of the political parties and organisations and on condition that all political parties and organisations should play educational and training role for development of concepts and visions in the democratic work and activities inside the parties in particular and the political life in the country in general.

Rally Expected January 13 in Aden

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:22 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2008

ADEN, NewsYemen

Aden is expected to host next on January 13 a massive rally for “tolerance and reconciliation among people in southern Yemen.”

Leaderships in southern provinces and military and civilian retirees and jobless associations have agreed to hold the event to enhance tolerance and reconciliation in south, Ali Monasar, head of Joint Meeting Parties’ office in Aden, secretary of Yemeni Socialist Party’s office in Aden, head of the Preparatory Committee, told NY.

“We have called all people and politicians to take part in this event, we did not except anyone,” said Monasar.

NY was informed that some leaders do not want Monasar to head the Preparatory Committee because he heads the Joint Meeting Parties’ office.

Member of the Retirees Associations Coordination Council, Ali al-Shaibah, denied such disagreement. “All have their own vision to make the event a success, and this is the most important point,” said al-Shaibah. “Our talks with opposition parties serve the south issue and our legal requests. We welcome the participation of those parties and their support, however, we refuse to be exploited by any political powers to agitate the regime”.

There’s an SCER Apparently

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:12 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2007

What? The SCER? Where did it come from? Is it the judges?

Al-Motamar
almotamar.net – The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) has already begun technical supplies for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled in Yemen in April 2009.

Secretary General of the SCER Shaef al-Husseini on Thursday has made it clear that at the present the commission is drawing up ideas on needs of technical and material requisites and preparation of budgets for the first stage of the next democratic process such as electorate registration that requires preparation for it six months ahead of the polling day.

Al-Husseini added that the SCER practices its duties and work according to the law that authorizes its general secretariat to take care of financial and administrative works.

Al-Shaef pointed out that the SCER and its branches in the governorates will begin preparing the stage through counting and assessment of what is existing and complete needs at all constituencies and committees.

Related: Yemen Times oped on the NDI report on the last election.

Wonders of the NDI’s report have no limit. When the reader believes that the report has already closed the file of conflicts between SCER and opposition parties, he/she will be shocked to see the report discussing the same issue once again. The way the report is written reminds readers of the former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a Nabeel Khoury who completed his assignment in Yemen a few months ago. Khoury confused many observers who did not know whether he is a deputy chief of mission at the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, a deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy here in Sana’a or a representative of the Pope.

Those who prepared the NDI’s report seem to have forgotten the efforts exercised by the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), specialized in electoral affairs, its lengthy reports and the agreed-upon recommendations, which the ruler left in the drawers.

Part of the report concerned with SCER has reminded people of the behavior of Mr. Abdu Al-Janadi, SCER member. This part reads, “The electoral process was managed in a relatively good manner, however, SCER’s performance in preparing and organizing the elections was better than its performance in the area of preventing and correcting violations that occurred during the implementation process.

NDI knows more:

In the part devoted to the election results, the report celebrates the GPC landslide victory in the elections by saying, “Regarding the local council elections, GPC won 85 percent of the seats at the governorate level and 79 percent of the seats at the district level while Islah, which is the strongest opposition party in Yemen, obtained only 7 percent of the governorate seats and 12 percent of the district seats and YSP got only 2 percent of the seats at the governorate level and 3 percent at the district level. The result is totally different from that of 2001 election when GPC got 58.5 percent of the governorate seats and 85.6 percent of the district seats. In that election, the Islah party won 20.4 of the seats at the governorate level and 23.3 percent at the district level while YPS obtained 3.8 and 3.2 percent of the local council seats in the governorates and districts respectively.”

In order not to raise questions about integrity of the elections and NDI, the report gave a scientific reason to such a democratic victory, attributing the low number of votes obtained by Islah and YPS to the inadequate use of resources, as well as the lack of training and organization for their local council candidates. It did not indicate that the election system in Yemen hinders win of opposition candidates.

Parliament to Draft Electoral Ammendments, SCER

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:35 am on Sunday, November 25, 2007

I’m unclear on the JMP’s conceptualization of an equitable mechanism for forming the SCER. 50/50 Between the GPC and JMP?

Amending election law includes formation of the election commission
Sunday, 25-November-2007
almotamar.net – Chairman of the parliamentary constitutional and legal affairs committee Ali Abu Hlaiqa read out Sunday the government request for amending some articles of the general election and referendum law for 2001.

Meanwhile the opposition member of parliament Sultan al-Attwani refused that one of members of parliament to present the government’s request of the amendments. The opposition MP said the government has two ministers who are the minister of parliament and Shoura council affairs and the minister of legal affairs and they should have been present to present the request to the parliament and he also expressed his opposition of the draft amendments.

Deputy chairman of the General People’s Congress (GPC) parliamentary bloc Yasser al-Awadhi asserted on his part that the parliament is the master of its decision, indicating that the parliament has issued a decision giving the political parties one week grace period to agree on he supreme commission for elections, calling on the members of parliament to undertake their constitutional and legal duty. (Read on …)

SCER: Not Neutral

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:07 pm on Monday, November 19, 2007

Al-Sahwa:

Jurists and politicians: ‘SCER is failed and non-neutral’ November 18, 2007- Yemeni Jurists and politicians have demanded to change the current electoral system, pointing out that the outgoing Supreme Committee for Elections and Referendum which its legal term ended last Friday was the reasons behind the imbalance of the democratic process in Yemen.

They further depicted this SCER as the worst in Yemen’s history, affirming that it is one of the main troubles hinder the democratic process.

“It devoted during its term tribe influence instead of parties and was a cause to forgery and legal violations” They told “alsahwa.net “.

Head of the Islah’s electoral office, Ibrahim al-Hair, said that the committee failed in three main points; its ultimate bias to the ruling party, its failure to impose order and its inability to benefit from international fund for elections.

“SCER failed to provide adequate electoral environment and appeared absolutely biased to the ruling party” added al-Hair.

He also said that the coming SCER would face big difficulties as a result of the last one’s terrible legacy.

For his part, the senior leader of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Ali al-Sarari, said that SCER was not balanced in managing elections and the opposition parties’ participation could not also promote its performance as the ruling party firmly controls its base.

Meanwhile, the Nasserite leader, Yassin abdul-Razaq said that the current SCER made a wide gap in voter registration and enable the authorities to achieve its purposes and counterfeit.

He emphasized that SCER dealt with oppositions’ political forces as opponent, considering political future of the country lies on reforming it.

Jurist and activist Khalid al-Ansi confirmed that SCER was not independent and was clearly biased to the ruling party.

The professor of political science in Sana’a University, Dr. Abdullah al-Faqih suggested formation of a new SCER, equally divided between the ruling party and the opposition.

SANA’A, NewsYemen

The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) said the decision of the majority in the Parliament to give parties an indulgence for one week to reshuffle the Supreme Elections Committee is not the right of the majority belongs to the General People’s Congress.

The Parliament has not the right to take such a decision because the article 36 of elections law assigns the secretary-general of the Supreme Elections Committee to run its affairs, said the JMP’s spokesman Mohammad al-Sabri.

If the majority, which belongs to the ruling party, is interested in solving national issues, it should blame the ruling party for impeding political dialogue with opposition parties, not to put the ball in opposition’s court, al-Sabri told NewsYemen.

He said that reforming the Supreme Elections Committee is a national issue and all should openly address it apart from pressure and threats.

Al-Sabri said the JMP is discussing the issue of the elections committee as a national request to guarantee more candid elections, calling all parties to shoulder their responsibilities.

The Parliament decided yesterday to await the results of dialogue between political parties represented in the Parliament over reshuffling the elections committee despite the legal time of dialogue came to end Friday.

The General People’s Congress party, the ruling party, has the majority of seats in the Parliament after parliamentary elections in 2003.

Calls for Revolution, Protesters Beaten Arrested Shot

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:34 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2007

Yemen Times

ADEN, Nov. 7 — Thousands of citizens gathered on Monday for a huge protest to express solidarity with oppressed citizens and demand that authorities address a variety of social and political issues in the Yafe’ district, of Aden governorate. The angry protestors resolved to continue the peaceful sit-ins until all the citizens’ demands are met and appealed to different social groups, and local and international NGOs stand against authorities’ arbitrary practices against peaceful protests.

Representative of Joint Meeting Parties Abdulkhaleq Bin Shaihun, who is also a member of Parliament, confirmed in a speech before the rally that the JMP is ready to back all demands raised by the Yemeni people advocating reform, adding that the opposition bloc will support their peaceful protests. All the speeches given at the rally unanimously agreed to continue peaceful sit-ins, denounce any arbitrary use of force against demonstrations and express solidarity with families of the dead and injured. (Read on …)

JMP Grumbles About Consitutional Ammendments

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:08 am on Thursday, October 4, 2007

In actuality, every consitutional ammendment since 1990 has significantly hampered pluralism, consolidated power in the executive and diminished citizenship rights. It would be nice to turn the corner on that trend.

Yemen Times:

SANA’A, September 30 — Yemeni Opposition belittled the importance of the constitutional amendments announced last Monday by President Saleh and posed once more in his speech made on the eve of September 26. They considered the amendments to be a detour on the real reforms of Yemen’s political system as demanded by the opposition forces.

Opposition media viewed the new initiative by President Saleh to be a new attempt by him to stand another round of elections of five years each. These amendments are due to be implemented after by the end of the current round in 2013. (Read on …)

Women Threaten to Boycott Elections

Filed under: Elections, GPC, JMP, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:23 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

there ya go

Quotas or Closed Constituencies, either way

Yemen Times Political Parties rejected the Quota System as a solution to ensure women’s representation in the elections. As a consequence female activists threatened to retaliate by withdrawing from coming elections as candidates, but most importantly as voters.

SANA’A, September 9 — Yemeni women should not be influenced by western concepts, such as the quota system, and want to change their lives accordingly. This was the reaction of political parties to female activists demanding a quota of 30% in the coming parliamentary elections 2009. The debate was part of the Second Democracy Forum organized by Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights in cooperation with National Endowment Development. NGOs representatives and members of the Democracy Forum challenged the political parties’ that as they used women as voters, they must allow them a chance through positive discrimination as candidates.

“Resolving women issues should not be based on a Western concept instead it should be based on Islamic values stemming from the Islamic history,” said Abdulwahab Al-Anisi, Secretary General of the Al-Islah conservative party. He stressed on rejecting the ideas coming from the west as they create ethical ciaos and referred to how the situation for western women is miserable supporting his argument with the statistics of harassment and rape in the western countries.

Frustrated by this attitude, Intisar Sinan, director of the political component of the Woman National Committee said: “This is not acceptable at all. Let us try the quota system and if it does not work we’ll try something else.” She added that democracy as many other concepts have been adopted through western influence so why should the Quota System be any different. (Read on …)

Rally in Sana’a, Another in Dhalie

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, GPC, JMP, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:02 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

August 28, 2007- Thousands of people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, rallied before the cabinet ,protesting soaring prices ,deteriorated public services, violating of rights and freedoms and mistaken policies adopted by the ruling party’s consequent governments. (Read on …)

10,000 Protest in Taiz

Filed under: Civil Society, Electric, Employment, JMP, Water, Yemen, poverty/ hunger — by Jane Novak at 5:16 am on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thats quite a turn out.

News Yemen

TAIZ, NewsYemen

While leaders of opposition parties, Joint Meeting Parties, try to gather their supporters in Taiz province for more protests against what they said “price hikes, corruption and low level of services, leaders in the General People’s Congress accused them of provoking people and seeking to make riots so that investors think that Yemen is not stable.

The JMP’s office in Taiz stated that people ran to the streets to peacefully raise the slogan “No Life Without Water”, “Stop Fatal Price Hikes” and “No New Yemen With Corruption”.

The protest was safe, but some leaders in the GPC have shown anger with it, especially at the time Yemenis streets witness protests in different places of the country against different issues. (Read on …)

JMP in Ibb and Dhalie

Filed under: JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:31 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2007

Al-Sahwa June 16, 2007- The joint Meeting Parties are setting up wide-ranging meetings with citizens in Ibb and al-Dhalie provinces.

On Friday, the prominent parliament, Hamid al-Ahmer , delivered a speech before the masses crowded in al-Dhalie province in which he thanked them to their warm supports to JMP in the last presidential and local elections .

Al-Ahemer further lauded the positive roles of the Yemeni Social party in all stages, pointing out that the ruling party had sought to weaken and marginalize it.

For his part, the spokesman of JMP, Mohammad al-Sabri said in the festival that the ruling corrupt and despotic elite wants to rule the state and possess it.

” We say to this group that this people has the right to live like all other peoples all over the world and that we could extract our rights with peaceful struggle ” he added .

He affirmed that al-Dhalie’s citizens were brave in the last presidential and local council elections when they elected JMP members, stressing that JMP would not allow corruption to further spread and would work to put an end to it with all possible means.

In Yemen, Text Messaging for Threats is OK, but for News No

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Media, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:51 am on Monday, June 4, 2007

Another YT oped

I was truly shocked by the threats and abuses that Mohammed al-Sabri, spokesman of the opposition coalition has been receiving through the last two weeks. I personally saw some of the badmouthing sent through a mobile. It is really awful and disgusting to see such insulting messages. I felt completely sad about the future of this country. It is a substantial degradation of the political drive in the country.

After each statement the spokesman makes, he receives similar insulting messages from the same number. The messages show that the sender is angry with the press statements regarding several issues. He is not an ordinary man but someone who is politically motivated and is angered by such statements. Whom do you think? Can you sort out this puzzle? (Read on …)

Saleh’s Speech on the 17th National Day

Filed under: JMP, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2007

YO

The members and leaders of the Joint Meeting Parties met this week to express their happiness on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of national unity.But their pleasure in unification is currently overwhelmed by sorrowful feelings about the various problems currently facing the country, including the war up north in Sa’ada, and the absence of completion of many of the goals of unification, they said.The JMP’s celebration of national unity was held in Sana’a in the building of the Yemeni Socialist Party on Thursday, April 24.

The celebration was held under the slogan “Yemeni Unification is the Victory of the People’s Will, and the Means to Achieve Justice and Equality.” The celebration was attended by the leaderships of the JMP parties, the supreme council of JMP, the national opposition, parliamentary members, politicians and civil society organizations.“This celebration indicated and carried special feelings for this holy occasion. But this celebration is also full of corruption and hypocrisy. (Read on …)

Where the bodies are buried

Filed under: GPC, JMP, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:35 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Yemeni people are living joys according to the GPC. The article is referring to the mass graves.

Almotamar.net – An official source at the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s information office expressed on Saturday his regret for the attempts of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) to fabricate marginal battles especially at the time the Yemeni people are living joys and celebrations of the 17th National Day and the reunification of the country, as if they want by that to embitter that rejoicing and instigating meaningless tempests.

The source added in a statement to almotamar.net said it is not strange for this irresponsible stance of some parties of the JMP especially the Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) and the Union of People’s Forces party sympathizing with the terrorist elements that erupted the sedition in Saada governorate, raised arms in the face of the constitutional establishments and violated the constitution, law and order.

The source expressed his astonishment over repeating the question on the destiny of corpses of those who attempted a coup against the system and constitutional legitimacy in October 1978, those who were tried and executed in implementation of the judiciary judgment.

He said there is no need by those to repeat such query because they know very well that the bodies of those had been buried in the cemetery of Khazima in Sana’a. He said there are hundreds asking about the destiny of their relatives who disappeared during the events of 1986, the destiny of the dead bodies of those executed in Al-Mansourah prison, the corpse of Salem Rabie Ali and his comrades and the corpse of Mutie.

Instability Covers Repression

Filed under: JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:05 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2007

Al-Sahwa

May 17, 2007 – The Joint Meeting Parties held Thursday a broad meeting in Sana’a subtitled “Electoral reforms are entrance for essential political reforms”

The head of the Supreme Council of JMP, Yasin Saeed Noaman said that the JMP had called the ruling party to end the boycott between them, but it still imposes that boycott against them.

He called for refreshing the national dialogue regarding the issues of all-out political and economic reforms and ending the internal conflicts ,stressing the importance of reforming electoral systems , establishing broad local governance and amending justice system .

“The regime is seeking to widen hatred culture, sectarianism and fanaticism in order to create instability which allow it to much repression and oppression” went on he .

He also expressed soldiery with human rights and civil society bodies in their peaceful and democratic struggle aiming at promoting living standards of the people .

GPC: National Duty to Support Military Efforts

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Military, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:38 am on Friday, May 11, 2007

Saleh and Bush apparently have some similiar issues, one of which is getting the political opposition to support the military. But the comparison may end there, considering the Yemeni government is bombing its own people. The international outcry when the US was bombing Fallujah forced a modification of US strategy, apparently the tactic in Yemen is to quell the outcry not the bombing.

Thursday 10 May 2007

26 Septemper News

The General People’s Congress (GPC)’s General Committee (GC) has demanded all political parties, organisations and civil society organisations to seriously and with a high national responsibility for supporting the armed forces and the security that are confronting the dangerous conspiracy that is damaging the march of the national unity and social peace. It said the clear and frank standing against the terrorist acts in Saada a national duty that all in the homeland have to undertake and to align to face those terrorist elements that target the coup against the republican system and an attempt to return the wheel of history in Yemen backward, as those parties had faced the secessionist elements in the summer of 1994. (Read on …)

Eating from Garbage Bins

Filed under: Economic, GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:37 am on Friday, May 11, 2007

In a country where one half of all children under five were physically stunted from chronic hunger before the price hikes, its heartbreaking to imagine whats going on now. In 2005, Yemeni children were found to be among the bottom five most hungry child populations on earth, and then things got worse.

al-Sahwa:

May 10, 2007 –The Joint Meeting Parties have expressed rage as a state-run paper, 26 September, propagated dealer’s calls to citizens in which he insisted that the sole solution to the Yemeni deteriorated economy and price hike is living in austerity.

The spokesman of the JMP, Mohammad al-Sabri, denounced the increasing prices saying “This nation could no afford much patience about the government and corruption.”

He questioned of the president’s campaign promises in which he pledged to fight poverty, unemployment and price hike.

For his part, the Islah’s General Secretary Assistant, Mohammad al-Saadi said that wrong policies always leads to such bad results that we are presently facing, explaining that many citizens are eating from garbage bins.

The senior leader of the Islah’s Party, Mohammad Qahtan, compared the current situation to that of Mohamed Siad Barre’s dictatorial regime.

He called the government officials to look at the increasing prices of essential food stuff; flour, milk, medicine and etc.

Peaceful Revolution

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:40 am on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Isn’t all development a type of peaceful revolution?

At a time when the Yemeni government is bombing its own people, it never fails to take the opportunity to criticize those calling for peace.

almotamar.net – Head of the information office at the General People’s Congress (GPC) Tariq al-Shami criticized the call of Mohammed Qahtan for, quote, “peaceful revolution

Tariq al-Shami told almotamar.net it is regrettable that the coups mentality is still in control of some leaders of the JMP especially Qahtan. They are still hostage of that mentality and single out m what is in their souls at a time the military and security establishment in the country has dropped those terms and has become protector of democracy and constitutional legitimacy, whereas Qahtan and his likes are still possessed by that previous mentality.

Al-Shami called for keeping away from tensing the political atmospheres and poisoning them by such statements instigating seditions and conflicts and trouble social peace.

He affirmed that the GPC supports press freedoms in line with the electoral platform of president Ali Abdullah Saleh that has given this subject great attention.

Al-Motamar Calls Khatan a Spy

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:41 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2007

Al-Motamar is the website of Yemen’s ruling party, the GPC, that dominates every aspect of Yemen. Mohammed Khatan is an authentic, reform minded, prominent member of the opposition Islamic party Islah. Al-Motamar apparently published “news” that he met foreign intelligence agencies. The regime calls everybody a spy, opposition journalists and politicians, civil society activists etc. Other common insults from the regime are: Zionist, drunk, sexually depraved, American stooge, Iranian stooge, satanic, seperatist, terrorist and so on. Also bizarre animal references are oddly common from the regime’s spokesmen.

The following article from al-Motamar disapproves of whatever statement the JMP (the opposition party coalition) made in response to al-Motamar’s allegations, which are, of course, false.

almotamar.net – A source at the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s information office Wednesday described a statement attributed to Mohammed al-Sabri, the spokesman for the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) as regrettable. He said the language of al-Sabri lacks courtesy, indicating the importance that those tense inside the JMP should abandon impolite vocabulary full of vulgarity and agitation that would not serve opportunities of the success dialogue now ongoing between the GPC and the parties of the JMP.

The source demanded al-Sabri and those behind him to be patient enough before unleashing uncivil words and name-callings because they reflect a state of agitation and total absence of reason.
The source said that Qahtan should have responded in his name to the newspaper that published the news story and to refute the news or file a lawsuit against the website instead of al-Sabri volunteering in unleashing names. He pointed out that the almotamar.net that published the news does not form a stance or opinion in the name of the GPC or the authority but rather information as part of press service of news the site offers to its visitors.

The almotamar.net website has quoted reliable sources that Mohammed Qahtan the former official spokesman of the JMP in Yemen has in the past few days communicated foreign intelligence apparatuses informing them on information and evaluations on Yemen as well as what is related to the formation of the new government and the committee on fighting corruption \and upcoming parliamentary elections in 2009.

Update: The the JMP called the GPC media outlet a sick baby animal. (The suject they are discussing is the dialog between the JMP and GPC.)

“The General People’s Congress media address seems like an unhealthy animal suffering ailing infancy and its success relies mostly on individuals who either are underdogs, cheats or traitors”, a Joint Meeting Parties official source commented.

The source expressed deep sorrow at the GPC media address, noting that it is a large party with prominent staff that has been responsible for running the country for a decade. “Before this, we were advocating separating ruling party interests and abilities from state facilities, but now we demand separation between exercising political activities and the infancy age,” the source stated to Nasspress.net.

So that put a damper on the dialog:

Sanaa: Yemen’s three main opposition parties said they may not continue dialogue with the ruling party after a dispute led to the withdrawal of all three parties at the fourth dialogue session on Wednesday.

Talks on ways to handle the impact of 1994 civil war led to the withdrawal of the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from the session after a ruling party official said the dialogue on the issue will be carried out with the Socialists alone. (Read on …)

Opposition Rejects Terror Charges

Filed under: JMP, Yemen, attacks — by Jane Novak at 9:12 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

IHT:

SAN’A, Yemen The day before Yemen’s presidential election, the country’s incumbent president charged that a man alleged to be an al-Qaida militant had appeared in a photograph as a bodyguard of the leading opposition candidate.

The allegation Tuesday came as President Ali Abdullah Saleh faces his first real challenge in 28 years as head of state. Yemenis decide Wednesday between his corruption-plagued administration and Faisal bin Shamlan, the opposition front-runner with a reputation for integrity in public office. Two other candidates also are running.

The timing of Saleh’s allegations called into question whether the announcement was a ploy to discredit bin Shamlan, or was factually based.

Bin Shamlan’s campaign manager called the allegations a government scare tactic.

“Authorities want to scare people, and tell them that change is going to bring instability,” said Zaid Shami.

During a press conference, Saleh’s aides showed what they said was a picture of the alleged militant standing next to bin Shamlan at a recent rally. The president said the man appeared to be a body guard for the opposition candidate. He did not show any other pictures of the alleged militant to reporters.

Saleh also charged that the arrested militant had planned to attack U.S. interests at the Movenpick Hotel in the Yemeni capital of San’a.

Shami, the campaign manager, said the man had offered his services as a bodyguard for bin Shamlan and lasted a week in the position before the rest of the candidate’s bodyguard staff noticed something “fishy” about him. Bin Shamlan’s campaign fired the alleged militant in early September, Shami said.

Muhammad Qahtan, spokesman for the groups supporting bin Shamlan, said the bodyguard worked in the security forces of the presidential palace and had been sent by the regime to infiltrate the opposition. Qahtan also said the man was related to the president by marriage.

It was not immediately clear if the man was one of four people arrested on Saturday in Yemen. Officials at the time said they were al-Qaida members and had links to four suicide bombers who had tried to blow up two oil installations in Yemen the day before.

Saleh also said that at least one of 14 al-Qaida militants who escaped from a Yemeni prison earlier this year and remain at large may have been involved Friday’s near-simultaneous attacks on the oil installations. The 14 were among 23 members of the terror network who escaped out of the jail through a tunnel in February with help from prison guards.

(Read on …)

JMP Statement on Electoral Competition

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:51 pm on Friday, April 14, 2006

News Yemen:

The Yemeni voter is looking at the elections this time with a keener eye. He has arrived at a better standard of living and a freer life. He will not accept anything less than free and fair elections thus making this electoral experience a source of pride for all Yemenis.
It is no longer acceptable to clone previous electoral experiences in any of their forms (local, parliamentary, or presidential). Many of these experiences witnessed flagrant and open violation of laws and the constitution as well as a counterfeiting of the will of the people. Results were forged. This stood in the way of peaceful transfer of power. Instead of freedom there was only a semblance of plurality.
There must be found an electoral environment that is neutral, transparent, and fair. A political climate that grants opportunities for competition according to the constitution and law is needed. None of this will come to pass without the presence of an independent and neutral High Commission for Elections.
Based on that given, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) presented its vision for electoral reform as well as the necessary guarantees to effect free and fair elections now and in the future. It requires little more than a credible political will from all sides (specifically from the side of the ruling party). Some of these guarantees call for legal amendments (specifically one that calls for legislative and constitutional amendments in connection with parliamentary and shura council elections.

First: Electoral Management Reform
The previous electoral experiences left no room for doubt that electoral credibility is based primarily on the neutrality and independence of the electoral management. The High Commission for Elections is in the forefront and plays a central role in this by virtue of it being the highest authority according to clause 159 of the Yemeni constitution. This clause commissions the HCE with management, supervision, and oversight of all elections. This power comes preconditioned on the guarantees of independence and neutrality to ensure credibility. Bill 13 for the year 2001 confirmed that this commission would be independent both managerially and financially in order to perform all its tasks without pressure or coercion. The bill further stipulates that there will be no intervention by any party in the affairs of the HCE. Despite a long list of offences and infractions, the HCE enjoys a certain amount of confidence among the people and parties thanks to its results.

Current Infractions
1. HCE’s lack of authority to manage the elections and general referenda that are under its purview. Currently there are 5 ruling party members and only 2 opposition members. This is an infraction of the constitution and makes the ruling party a hegemon in the administration of the election process.
2. The HCE does not hold to the legal injunction concerning the appointment of its employees in the administrative department, either locally or generally. Paragraph C of Clause 24 of the electoral law number 13 for the year 2001 stipulates that the appointing mechanism must be based on conditions set by the committee. However, the HCE was keen to appoint members of the ruling party in an attempt to liquidate the opposition from administration. This in turn made any opposition or independent member a marginalized employee. Ruling party members took their positions a fact that led to semi-total control on the part of the ruling party in the technical and administrative unit of the HCE.
3. The HCE granted the ruling party to gerrymander the local electoral precincts according to political accounting that served their interests. Such action was in flagrant opposition to the law.
4. The HCE was not able to perform its duties to oversee the elections as well as the neutrality of the media and public monies. It did not take any steps concerning infractions or violations made and ignored all complaints.
5. The HCE appeared reckless in organizing the elections according to their legally-appointed dates. It feigned side disputes with the opposition at the expense of time and invalidated it instead of making early arrangements to set up elections in a proper atmosphere.
6. The HCE was heavily involved in counterfeiting results and continuously committed grave legal infractions. This was announced during the elections of 2003.
7. The HCE mismanaged elections in precinct 227 in the governorate of Remeh and encouraged an atmosphere of counterfeit and legal infraction. It appointed members of the electoral commissions single-handedly and deprived the parties of any oversight. This increased doubt among many concerning the neutrality and fairness of the elections and their management.
8. The HCE used the media in all its forms to attack the opposition parties and to distort their positions. It affected crises with them at time when it was supposed to be a neutral judge.
9. The HCE distributed pamphlets prematurely which was not in accordance to the law. It drafted instructions to push for more elbow room and counterfeiting of records and did nothing to fix the other infractions.
10. There was no transparency which was stipulated by the law that all its actions must be done in full view. Such violations include the following: A) the law stipulates that the parties are to obtain a copy of the voters’ records. It is the responsibility of the parties, the HCE, and the voter to watch over this and to correct any errors continuously to assure all information is correct. However, over the course of two years, the HCE refused to deal with the parties’ demands for this information. B) The law gives the right to any voter to review and discard any decision made by the HCE. However, the HCE has blacked out its decisions and does not announce them except when it is to late to oppose them. C) The HCE refuses to allow parties or organizations to look at any of the ballots despite their completion last August.
11. It has not developed the electoral experience by ignoring the initiatives of the parties and international organizations that began in 2004.
12. It has repeatedly interpreted the lie with arbitrariness. This has led to favoring of the ruling party. Any claims of neutrality have been eroded.

Proposed Fixes
1. Ratify a set legal instrument to re-form the HCE according to the following criteria: a) form it based on equality among all political organizations; b) appointments to the HCE are the exclusive purview of the parliament; c) present its yearly budget and its final accounts before the parliament; d) form an assistant administration composed of competent and qualified people who are neutral; e) subject the administration of the HCE to supervision to prevent one of its members from acting independently; f) allow for oversight and supervision; g) require all its members to present their personal finances before and after their service in the HCE; h) require the HCE to adhere to public opinion during all steps of its work.
2. Guarantee women’s participation in the High Commission as well as other committees (oversight, political, and administration).
3. Apply criminal punishments to members of the committee that infracts laws.
4. Remain aware of the truthfulness of electoral records by a) finding complete civil records and rely on them completely; b) set a clear mechanism that facilitates checking for duplicate names, etc.; c) review previous documents and models and remove any information that conflicts with the law such as canceling the requirement for place of work and negating the role of the head of the alley.
5. Intensify training of the committees to raise their skills and legal awareness concerning infractions and stipulations.
6. Form oversight committees according to the principle that no more than one representative from each party can be on a committee. This insures neutrality and balance.
7. Perform their constitutional duty by developing and modernizing the electoral process via evaluating former processes and treating their deficiencies as well as implementing proposals that had been ratified by international political organizations and civil society in 2004.

Second: Electoral System Reform (Read on …)

 

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