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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

Justice Minister gets death threat after statement about seizing former regime’s funds

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Judicial, Ministries, Post Saleh, assassination, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:54 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Many ranking members of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s former regime made millions through corruption, embezzlement and fraud. The Obama administration continuously blocked all efforts to freeze Saleh’s funds in addition to providing him political cover. Every now and then somebody mumbles something about sanctioning those who block the political transition at the same time that its clear the purse of Saleh et al is what is funding the counter-revolution, like Saddam and the Fedayeen.

Alsahwah.net- Minister of Justice Murshid Al-Arashani received threats of killing by unknown persons on Friday.

A source of the ministry said that they received a letter on late Friday in which the minister was threatened with assassination.

These threats came after Al-Arashani said on Tuesday that Yemen prepares to pursue funds that were looted by the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides.

In a forum held in Qatar on recovering frozen assets of fallen Arab autocrats, Al-Arashani stressed that those officials who looted funds of the Yemeni people will be hunted through mechanisms of civil laws.

SM leader: Saleh takes profits directly from YMC, moderate SM rejects al Beidh’s Iranian nexus, wants to participate in reconstruction

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Elections, GPC, Interviews, Iran, Islamic Imirate, Post Saleh, South Yemen, Transition — by Jane Novak at 6:54 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Update: As expected howls of dissent from southerners: the new leader is someone else, I hesitate to even write the name as bad things happen sometimes to emerging leaders, Nakhbi now is an Islah operative they say and there are no, repeat no, connections to Iran. But al Beidh has been talking about Iran for a long time, when he even bothers to talk at all, and I think its quite possible. For a run down on Aden TV and all Yemen private broadcasting, see this listing of who owns what at the Yemen Times.

Original: Bingo! I also do not agree with what is happening between al Beidh and Iran. The violence during the election boycott was an entirely new phenomenon which broke with the years long non-violence of the southern movement. As al Nakhbi says, it was likely due to Iranian influence through the al Beidh wing of the SM. Keep in mind Yemen Fox is affiliated with Ali Mohsen, who has his own motives for undermining the SM. But if this is an authentic interview, then that’s what it is.

While there’s noticeably a lot fewer al Beidh photos during the southern protests, its unclear the extent to which awareness of the alliance between al Beidh and Iran has filtered down to the street, although he himself has been threatening the west with Iran for years. General Nuba issued a warning to world about the danger of Iran’s growing influence in the south a few months ago. Many external former leaders are in favor of federalism as expressed at the Cairo conference. I think there’s a few more factions than the two broad ones described.

Al Nakhbi also remarks that the several corporation including the mega Yemeni Economic Military Corp remits its profits directly to Saleh. He notes elite support of al Qaeda and the symbiotic relationship between the including the recent massacre in Abyan. He concludes that Saleh must be excluded from politics. (Actually it necessary to fully depose the Saleh regime in order to integrate the Houthis as well as the southerners.) Its an interesting interview, worth a read:

Yemen Fox: Brigadier General Abdullah al-Nakhbi- Secretary-General of Southern Movement (SM) – said that many politicians believe that who stand behind recent terrorist attacks are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. Priorities of Yemenis whether in National Reconciliation Government or Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) in coordination with Gulf States and Europeans are to dismiss Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing political action.

Nakhbi added in an interview with “Yemen Fox” that al-Qaeda is supported by Ali Abdullah Saleh, his aides and remnants of his regime, pointing out that supervisors of GCC Initiative should put pressure to implement the second term of the Initiative which is to restructure the army and Republican Guards within Ministry of Defense and Central Security within Ministry of Interior.

Interviewed with Hashem al-Toromah

Yemen Fox: How do you see Yemen after presidential elections?
Nakhbi: after presidential elections, we as Yemenis stand at change door. The new President Abdu Rabo Mansur Hadi should have a courage to start change process. Change process should first prevent Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing politics because recent events took place after swearing oath starting from Mukalla continuing to Bayda and now in Abyan Province. Many politicians believe that who stand behind that are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. (Read on …)

Saleh loyalists organize militants in al Beydah: opposition, family member, etc.

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, al-Bayda — by Jane Novak at 12:54 pm on Monday, January 16, 2012

The US continues to freeze out the most democracy minded of the Yemeni population (as the unity government and GCC plan re-establishes the status quo and empowers traditionalist elements of society) in order to retain its CT investment and permissions, as the Sana’a regime mobilizes its terrorist paramilitary in order to prove the need. Its a very dangerous game. I thought Def Sec Gates was being dramatic when he said the US had “no post Saleh planning” in March 2011, but apparently not. Why we are continuing to support a regime that overtly enables terrorists at the expense and against the will of 22 million people is beyond me.

The US always insists the National Security is the cleanest of the intel services. It may be but its not saying much when we are comparing it to the PSO. There’s such a long list of double crosses involving the National Security specifically, and they are doing it again in the AQAP takeover of al Beydah.

Alsahwah.net- Yemen opposition has accused the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh of supporting Al-Qaeda and help it control Yemeni towns and areas.

It said Saleh tries to persuade the global world that he is the only who can fight Al-Qaeda.

The Assistant Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Yahya Abu Asboa, told an Emirati newspaper, Albyan, that he has information that Yemeni army and security forces loyal to Saleh facilitate the expansion of Al-Qaea.

” Saleh supports Al-Qaeda to disrupt the National Consensus government led by the opposition and make foreign states believe that Saleh’s ouster would strengthen Al-Qaeda” added he.

Al-Qaeda militants extensively expanded in Zinjbar of Abayn governorate, and nearly 5,000 Al-Qaeda militants and recruiters are currently existed at Azan of Shabow governorate.

It further said the main road linking between Shabwa and Abyan is completely controlled by the militants.

Political leaders of Al-Baidha governorate accused leaders of the General People Congress party headed by Saleh of complicity with the militants to capture the town of Rada’a.

A Yemeni journalist, Aref Al-Omari, affirmed that tribal leaders loyal to Saleh cooperated and coordinated with Al-Qaeda to take over Rada’a in attempt to shuffle the cards and hinder the holding of the early presidential election to be held on February 21.

He cited that the militants are led by Tareq Al-Dahab and Abdul-Salam Al-Nosairy, tribal leaders who are known as members of GPC.

Local sources told Alsahwah.net that Rada’a is not a fertile ground for Al-Qaeda, pointing out that the regime of Saleh previously attempted to bring militants to Rada’a, but they were faced and expelled by local residents.

The sources held military commanders of the Republican Guard existed in Rada’a responsible for allowing the militants to capture the town without any resistance.

So we have Mohammed al Nosairi in one article and Abd al Rhaman al Nosairi in another, and they could be the same person or related but GPC member Tariq al Dhahab is described as leading the al Qaeda forces in both.

More from the Yemen Post:

Armed groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda calling itself as “the Islamic Jihad Group” took over on Saturday night a archaeological town of Rada’a and captured the famous castle of Alamiria and its mosque, local sources affirmed.

Local sources said that armed clashes between the militants and residents are still going, pointing out that the number of casualties are unknown.
Flocks of militants flow to the town, some 150 km southeast of the capital, Sana’a, amid fears of residents who worry of turning their town to a conflict battlefield, added the sources.

Yemeni analysts said Al-Qaeda attempts to expand its control on Yemeni areas, pointing out that the capture on Rada’a will help Al-Qaeda reach other Yemeni strategic areas

Yemeni news reports said local residents led by the tribal leader, Mohmmad Al-Nosairi, are strongly fighting Al-Qaeda militants near the castle of Alamria.
They said that the militants are led by Tariq Al-Dahab, a relative of Anwar Al-Walaki, a Yemeni-American cleric who was killed in a American drone strike last fall.

A Yemeni senior opposition leader of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Yahya Abu Asboa, said Yemen’s security forces did not exert enough efforts to prevent Al-Qaeda militants from entering Rada’a.

He further cautioned against plans of Al-Qaeda to attack the oil-rich city of Marib located close to Sana’a.

Critics of the outgoing Ali Abdullah Saleh accused him of turning a blind eye to the expansion of Al-Qaeda to prove to the global world that his existence is vital to face terrorism and other Jihadi groups inside the state.

They also alleged that he used Al-Qaeda as a card to cling to power, use force against anti-regime porters and have American financial assistances.

Gold accused Sheikh Khalid, his brother, Tariq, who leads the gold jihadist groups affiliated with al Qaeda, the city of white Radaa province, in coordination with the National Security Agency, and with points of high and close to the presidential house in Sana’a, such as control of the city Radaa order declaring an Islamic emirate.

Gold said in a statement to «Marib Press» Tariq Hqih that gold is backed regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said that his brother with the coordinator and former interior minister, Rashad al-Masri disinfectant, and with the National Security Agency.

With denounced the gold entering the jihadist groups to Radaa, under the silence of the camps located in the vicinity of Radaa, said that security forces handed over his brother Tariq gold castle and the city, pointing out that if the cessation of a soldier and a one-stop machine gun rounds fiftieth is able of these groups to take control of the castle and the city.

Gold revealed that his brother met the elements of the national security apparatus, such as control of the Radaa days, and said that he had spoken with his brother and told him that he coordinated with the government.

Mareb Press

I wonder if these are some of the `16 al Qaeda escapees that Saleh was hiding in one of his palaces near Sanaa, as Sadiq al Ahmar told France 24 . Everyday in Yemen is a carbon copy of the last and after a while, its just absurd.

And yet another a jail break:

Al-Qaida free 250 prisoners in Yemen

16-01-12

Hundreds of al-Qaida militants broke into a central jail in Yemen’s southeastern province of al-Bayda on Monday, setting free about 250 prisoners, a provincial security official said, a day after the terrorist group seized the province’s Radda town.

“Hundreds of al-Qaida bearded men wearing security uniform onboard pickup trucks stormed the central prison in Radda this morning, killing several security soldiers and releasing 250 prisoners,” the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The militants also took over all security checkpoints around and inside the city, as well as several government facilities, including the post office and the telecommunications center, the official said, adding that the militants were surrounding the building of the Central Bank of Yemen.

“More militants were still flooding into Radda from nearby provinces of Marib, Abyan, Shabwa, Hadramout, Aden, Lahj and Saada,” said the official.

On Sunday,the militants seized Radda town of al-Bayda province, which borders the restive province of Abyan, a key stronghold of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The AQAP group has seized several cities and towns across the restive southern provinces, as the Yemeni government forces engaged in fierce clashes with militants over past months, leaving hundreds of people killed.

(Xinhua)

Maybe they are trying to weaken the Houthis by opening another front

Yemen Times: 20 or 80?

SANA’A, Jan. 15 — At least 80 militants believed to be from Al-Qaeda entered Rada’, the capital of Al-Baidah, 170 km south-east the capital Sana’a, on Saturday, according to Yahiya Al-Nusairi, head of the governorate’s Architecture Office.

Al-Nusairi told the Yemen Times that they first entered the Al-Ameria Mosque at 3 p.m., and proceeded to perform the afternoon prayer.

“They performed two prayers there and then delivered a lecture. After that, they seized Al-Ameria Castle,” said Al-Nusairi. He added that people cannot stop anyone who wishes to pray in a mosque. He said, however, that he does not “really know how they passed the checkpoints with their weapons and rocket propelled grenades”.

Al-Nusairi continued: “After we asked them not to do any harm to the mosque, nor to break the branch of a single tree, their leader, Tariq Al-Dhahab, promised to comply.”

However, according to the district-based RDA Press website, the militants’ number didn’t exceed 20 and that they left the mosque to stay at an old fort overlooking the district.

The Al-Ameria Mosque and school was built 500 years ago in the Islamic architectural style. Al-Nusairi said that it is currently open only for prayer, but that use of the bathrooms has been suspended because of financial difficulties. People in groups have not prayed together there for 15 years, as it has been under renovation.

Al-Nusairi said that the militants may have been urged on by Islah Party followers from Rada’. Members of the conservative opposition party, he continued, may have pushed the militants to help them open the mosque.

“We do not know what their intention is,” he concluded.

According to Majed Karrod, a reporter from Marib Press, the militants passed through checkpoints and “soldiers might have even greeted them.” He said that Tariq Al-Dhahab was accused a couple of months ago of killing seven government soldiers.

“Al-Dhahab was among the militants who seized Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan governorate, in May. He has a battalion of 400 to 500 warriors,” said Karrod.

Awlaki lived in house of GPC official in Sanaa for five months before death: Aden Press

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, anwar, obits — by Jane Novak at 11:25 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2011

This article says Anwar was living in Sanaa in the house of a GPC member when the National Security transfered him to al Jawf for his own security, but put a transmitter in his car… Anyway this article contradicts the Ahram article, unless the National Security transferred him to Afrag’s house and then he went to visit Okaimi. Update : al Zindani does have a huge farm in Al-Jawf .. it’s about 10 kilometers x 10 kilometers.

Aden Press

The leader of the al-Qaeda al-Awlaki Anwar Al-Nasser after he left the United States of America live in the hometown of Shabwa South Yemen. However, knowing the United States exact location of his residence made ​​the life of Anwar al-Awlaki is in danger.

This situation made ​​the authorities of Sanaa, which was used and the presence on its territory to blackmail the United States of America for their financial and political feeling that his life is in danger, and that the killing may lead to loss of a chicken that lays Bayada dollars. He was secretly transferred to Sana’a, lived in a house, an official in the ruling party and a family close to him for five months. (Read on …)

“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 …)

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 …)

“Ruling Party: No Dialogue Until Saleh is Back”

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Transition — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Friday, June 10, 2011

Ruling Party: No Dialogue Until Saleh is Back, Yemen Post:

The ruling General People Congress party insists that no negotiations can take place in the absence of President Saleh. “The ruling party will wait until its leader, President Saleh, is back to Yemen. He will be back soon and it will not harm the opposition to wait a couple of days,” said Abdu Ganadi, the deputy minister of information.

The youth organizing committee said that protesters will not sit and watch as both government and opposition stall the revolution and negotiate. “Our steps will be quick and vital. The revolution will succeed and anyone standing in front of the youth will be held accountable,” said Ridwan Masood, a member of the committee.

Saleh planned clashes to thwart transition: leak

Filed under: Diplomacy, GCC, GPC, Security Forces, Transition, USA, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 3:05 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2011

There’s so many leaks coming out of Yemen lately, documents and verbal. The following published by Marib Press is another. I wasn’t there so I can’t say its true, only that it’s less likely to be propaganda than the lies that come out of SABA on a daily basis. The only other people who will know absolutely if its true are the US officials, if they indeed called Saleh several times last night.

Saleh agreeing to the transition with the US while planning for a street uprising to derail it is entirely in character, as we saw from the ease of his lies as revealed in Wikileaks and from the years and years of lies before. This is the way he operates, these are the types of schemes he comes up with to juggle expectations and perceptions and blame. So I’m tired, I’m cranky, he besieged my ambassador and went back on his promise, so I’m publishing an unverified leak that has no document.

Mareb Press: On Saturday evening in Sana’a, the General Committee of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Yemen held a meeting chaired by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Chairman of the GPC. Below is some leaks from this meeting’s conversations between Saleh and GPC members loyal to him.

· About the GCC brokered initiative , Saleh said that he had received yesterday evening seven calls from the U.S. administration to urge him to sign the GCC initiative, saying “I will sign the initiative, I do not want to be a stumbling block before the international community, but I’m going to sign, and you guys, you have to fail it, take into the streets. (Read on …)

Saleh rejects JMP signatures on GCC deal

Filed under: GCC, GPC, Transition, YSP, protests — by Jane Novak at 5:28 am on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Its going to be a long day. Qahtan says if Saleh signs, the JMP will re-sign at the location of his choosing.

Saleh supporters are blocking many roads and baltagiyya swarming. One killed in Sanaa, 18 wounded in Taiz, 2 critical. US, EU ambassadors and GCC rep blocked from traveling to ceremony.

Dayum: Saleh supporters openly declaring they wont let him sign.

Saleh has to sign by 4 pm (9 am EST) or GCC rep is leaving. And all hell breaks loose. 3:50 now (8:50)

Internet getting very flaky in Sanaa, never a good sign. Deadline passed, no signature reported.

US ambassador still surrounded in a certain embassy, not ours, besieged by a mob of Saleh thugs. Zayani (GCC rep) also prevented from leaving country.

4:15 I think the transfer deal is dead. Its extremely worrisome.

Yemen Post: Yemen’s ruling party rejected the opposition Joint Meeting Parties, JMP, signing on the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, and demanded that is be signed again at the presidential palace with the presence of hundreds of officials and not behind closed doors.
Yemen’s ruling General People Congress, GPC, spokesperson Tareq Shami said that “President Saleh invited the JMP to sign the GCC proposal at the presidential palace at 3pm today. The JMP signed the GCC agreement in closed doors and this is not accepted.”
He added that It must be signed in a huge gathering and create an historical day of the GCC signing.
The JMP refused to resign the GCC proposal again and consider this as a tactic in running away from the GCC proposal signing.

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.

Gov of Dhalie to give 325 rifles to GPC loyalists in Dhalie: official document

Filed under: GPC, Proliferation, South Yemen, al Dhalie, photos, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saleh regularly deploys deniable proxies to do his dirty work.

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Leaked document reveals that the regime is planning to blow up civil war.

A secret document issued by the People’s Committee for Defending the Constitutional Legitimacy and the President in Dalii city revealed the distribution of weapons to citizens through the President of the GCP in preparation for civil war.

The document is to direct to governor of Dali city, President of the People’s Committe, Major General. Ali Qassim Talib to the cheif of security of Dalii to give out 325 pieces of Kalashnikov to Qataba directorate and handing it to President of GCP in that directorate Sheikh. Abdulrab Al-Marah according to the plan that was submitted to him as it is shown in the document.

Al-Wahdawi website published the document quoting other confirmed sources that the governor had distributed weapons to security personnel. More sources pointed that the ruler has already distributed some weapons to its members confidentially.

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?

GPC: Saleh won’t resign before an end to “sit-ins, the military mutiny, road-blocking, Houthi rebellion, separatist movement and terrorism”

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 6:41 am on Sunday, May 8, 2011

The GCC initiative is doomed to failure because, and for the umpteenth time, is a stall tactic for Saleh to consolidate and regroup his forces and support. Update: Opposition parties set two day deadline for Saleh to accept. AFP: “We renew our commitment to the Gulf plan but the other party (the president) must also demonstrate its seriousness within the next two days,” the Common Forum said. “Any further delay or procrastination on the part of the president to sign the agreement will force us to back the ‘choice of the people,’ opposing the plan,” it said in a statement.

Almotamar.net – Sana’a-Assistant Secretary General of the General People’s Congress (GPC) Dr Ahmed Ubeid bin Daghr has affirmed Sunday, “No one can predict of what matters will go to if the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) remained on the same irresponsible stands towards the homeland.”
(Read on …)

Hajja: Governor and Local Council Sec Gen dispute over weapons, funds

Filed under: GPC, Hajjah, Local gov, Military, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:14 am on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bickering over weapons, al Sahwa publishes another official document. This one is written by Rashad AL-Alimi to the governor of Hajja instructing him of Saleh’s order to stop (fire, arrest?) the secretary general of the local council. There is a conflict between the governor and LC SG on how to divide the weapons and money (100M SR) that Saleh distributed to his loyalists, GPC members and thugs in Hajja. As Saleh is giving out guns, some are selling them for food money.

If Saleh is arming the GPC, then its unlikely he intends to resign.

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 …)

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 …)

Taiz, Yemen: US Ambassador visits and a pro-regime rally

Filed under: Elections, GPC, Taiz, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:27 pm on Sunday, January 9, 2011

The ambassador escaped the embassy again, this time to Taiz where he said something about the importance of consensus. I have no idea of whether the earlier statement urging negotiations was empty posturing or an actual policy statement. (After Ambassador Seche’s visit with al Ayyam in 2009, the paper was raided, shot up and Mr. Bashraheel locked up for months.) The GPC disregarded and condemned the earlier US statement that urged negotiation with the JMP instead of unilateral action. Instead they held a pro-regime rally in Taiz, after state employees were bussed in and threatened if they failed to attend. I’m sure some of the attendees were heartily pro-GPC.

US Ambassador: We will support fair and credible elections Sahwa Net – The Untied States ambassador to Sana’a Gerald Feierstein has affirmed that US support in Yemen is aimed at those provinces affected by terror and radicalization, and that they were trying to expand relief programs in order to address the state problems. (Read on …)

“Nine ministers resign from Mujawar Government” to run in the Parlimentary elections

Filed under: Elections, GPC, Ministries, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:40 am on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Well that solves the al Alimi conundrum in a standard manner. Many government officials who are facing accusations are transferred to another government post. At the same time, many GPC MP’s hold multiple government posts including serving in the military at the same time as the serve in the Parliament. Usually its just a pay check as opposed to actual work.

Yemen Observer: Several Ministers have resigned from Mujawar’s government in preparation for running in the next parliamentary elections in April 27, 2011.

Ministers Rashad al-Alimi, Deputy Minister for Security Affairs, Sadeq Ameen Abu Rass, the General People’s Congress’ (GPC) Assistant General Secretary, Deputy Prime Minister for Internal Affairs, Engineer Awadh al-Soqatri, Minister of Electricity, Yahya al-Shuaibi, Minister of Civil Service and Insurance and Abdul-Rahman, al-Akwa Minister of State, Mayor of Sana’a, Hamoud Ubad, Minister of Youth, Nabil al-Faqih, Minister of Tourism, Mansour al-Hawshabi, Minister of Agriculture, and Ahmed al-kuhlani, Minister of State are the first ministers to announce their resignation from their positions hours after the declaration of the Supreme Elections Commission “HEC” demanding that those who occupy constitutional positions and wish to nominate themselves in the elections should leave their posts three months before the election date as provided by law.

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 …)

Yemeni Deputy PM Rashid al Alimi blows off Parliamentary summons on Wikileaks for HR meeting

Filed under: Air strike, GPC, Ministries, Parliament, Yemen, enviornmental 2 — by Jane Novak at 1:52 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2010

I really should start making bets for money. Al Alimi was summoned to Parliament earlier in the week to discuss the revelation that he joked about lying to Parliament. (At the time of the December airstrike, the JMP opposition parties withdrew but the uber-majority GPC dutifully pretended to believe the lie.) Al Alimi rescheduled for today, Saturday, and was again a no-show. Yemen’s rubber stamp parliament, dominated by President Saleh’s ruling GPC, doesn’t have the capacity to hold al Alimi or any of the ministers to account.

The last time he was summoned I believe was after the second al Qaeda attack on the South Koreans in 2008. A pedestrian suicide bomber bounced off the convoy of SK officials in Yemen to investigate the earlier suicide attack that killed three SK tourists in Hadramout. It was apparent that AQAP had information on the route of the convoy in advance. When he finally showed up, al Alimi admitted that the security services are infiltrated by al Qaeda, but he diagnosed it as low level and a function of corruption. Then he denied saying it. And in case you are interested, the headline coming out of the Human Rights conference was, “Alimi calls for civil society organizations to expose human rights violations and document them.” (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 …)

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 …)

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 …)

Yemen’s Ruling Party Designates Winners before Local Elections

Filed under: Elections, GPC, Local gov   — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Monday, May 10, 2010

The local councils re-elected their leaderships as directed by the GPC; the “independents” are largely GPC members running against other GPC members. In the one election where Islah won, the results have been disputed by the state. Its a total farce. The same thing happened during the governors’ elections. The local councils were told who to elect, and the results were overturned in the one case where the outcome was different. This course is the problem with “federalism” as a solution for Yemen’s over-centralization. Stats below.

Yemen Observer: The local election of al-Sabeen directorate in the capital Sana’a was postponed until Thursday, following objection by the some local members, requesting to remain anonymous.

The election, held on Wednesday all over Yemen, was to elect current members to the secretary general posts and to some specialized committees at the local and municipal level…The members, all of them from the General People’s Congress (GPC) party, said that they rejected the election as high senior officials, including members of GPC, had been putting pressure on them to re-elect the previous members. (Read on …)

Regime Busses Civil Servants, Students to Pro-Govt Rally

Filed under: Employment, GPC, Presidency, Religious — by Jane Novak at 5:52 am on Monday, April 26, 2010

Its like a pro-government rally in North Korea or Cuba but the adoring crowds are less synchronized and color coordinated. Yemen Post

Thousands of Yemeni people, students and state employees gathered on Saturday at the Al-Thawra Stadium for the carnival called and organized by the General People’s Congress, the ruling party, the National Coalition Parties and civil society organizations within the celebrities on the 20th anniversary of unification. (Read on …)

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.

If these Yemenis needed asylum, why are they back in Yemen hosted by the government?

Filed under: GPC, Other Countries, USA — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lutfi Shatara comments on the Expatriates Conference which I think would be would be better termed, an agents and informants get together. He makes the point that many of these received asylum under claims of persecution in Yemen, and yet are back there today hosted by the government they claim to fear so much. The normal set up is these Yemeni government operatives spy on and intimidate the expatriate communities overseas as well as expedite requests from influential people back in Sana’a. Whats going on is a GPC strategy session not a development conference. The regime has been talking about a census of expatriates for a time. Of course, acting as an undisclosed agent of a foreign country is illegal in the US and probably everywhere else. Anyone collecting data in their host country at the behest of the Yemeni government is required to identify themselves as an agent of the regime.

Update: It gets better, banks, passports and other amenities:

During the meeting, president Saleh delivered a speech in which he welcomed the participants, affirming concern of the government with Yemeni expatriates, highlighting good reputation of Yemeni expatriates.

He urged the embassies to deal with issues of the expatriates and contact with the ministry of expatriates’ affairs to discuss those issues.

He also pointed out to importance of setting up a bank for expatriates, saying that the bank would receive care of the government.

President Saleh gave orders to interior ministry, authorities of passport and taxes to offer all required facilities to expatriates.

Yemen instituted bio-metric passports but there’s still some holes in the system at the very top.

299 Yemeni MPs Fail to Provide Financial Disclosure Forms as Required by Law

Filed under: Crime, GPC, Islah, Parliament, Reform, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:56 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The financial disclosure law was passed in 2007, and its a great concept, but it lacks enforcement mechanisms. Two of 301 MP’s submitted the required form to date. This is not a Parliament that’s going to take the tough position of standing against “the powers that be” for reform, transparency or equal rights. There’s a lot of mafia types. Parliament is an institutionalizaton of tribal authority structures. The Parliament is a tool of Saleh with little autonomy, but a lot of latitude. Crimes are rarely punished and flourish. The Parliament is somewhat more outspoken lately but is not even remotely a counter-balance to the executive. Yemen’s decision makers are a shadow government (Saleh and his family and cronies), and the public has no mechanism of acountability.

Update: Yemen Times “There are around 36,000 officials who are included in the public sector and are obliged by the financial disclosure law to admit their financial disclosures every two years,” she (Vice-Chairman of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption Dr. Bilkis Abu Osba’) continued. “Since we created the financial disclosure sector, around 10,000 financial disclosures have been received.”

al Tagheer: Mohammed Al-Matari, head of the financial disclosure the Anti-corruption “Parliament” still ranks high on the list of backward and Late to provide financial disclosure statements. . . لافتا في تصريح لـ”الوحدوي ” إلى أن من بين 301 عضو هم عدد أعضاء البرلمان , تقدم فقط عضوان اثنان بإقرارات الذمة المالية . He noted in a statement to “unitary” to that of the 301 members are members of Parliament, the only two members of financial disclosure.

مبديا أسفه واستغرابه من عدم وجود تفاعل وتعاون من قبل البرلمان في هذا الشأن لما يمثله من سلطة دستورية وقانونية عليا في البلد . He expressed his regret and surprise at the lack of interaction and cooperation by the Parliament in this regard because it represents the authority of the constitutional and legal positions in the country. في حين لم تتلق الهيئة سوى 12 إقرارا بالذمة المالية من مجلس الشورى لعدد But it has not received the recognition of only 12 financial disclosure of the Shura Council of the number

أثنا عشر عضوا من أصل 111 عضوا هم عدد أعضاء مجلس الشورى .. Twelve members of the 111 members who are the number of members of the Shura Council ..

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 …)

Saleh Fine, Just Fine

Filed under: GPC, Presidency — by Jane Novak at 8:48 am on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saleh suffered a bruise and was hospitalized (Thursday) for a few days, but he’s been released and apparently fit for his duties. There’s no constitutional plan for transfer of power in the event of a presidential disablility or death. One of the Arabic papers postulated the three most likely to follow Saleh are Prince Ahmed, Yahya or Hamid. But without an agreed legal mechanism, there certainly would be instability if not violence.

Sana’a, Yemen – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was on Saturday discharged from a military hospital after being treated for injuries he suffered while doing physical exercises, government officials
said.

The officials, who asked not to be named, told the German Press Agency dpa that Saleh also resumed his daily office activities at the Presidential Palace in Sana’a.

Sahel, 68, was admitted to the military hospital at the Defence Complex in Sana’a on Tuesday after he ’suffered bruises during a regular exercise,’ the official Saba news agency reported.

The veteran leader was first elected in July 1978 by the Constitutional Assembly (parliament) in north Yemen following the assassination of former president Ahmad al-Ghashmi. M&C

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 …)

Four GPC MP’s in Sa’ada Resign After Failure of “Reconstruction”

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Saada War — by Jane Novak at 12:03 pm on Friday, July 17, 2009

The Yemeni government announced several times that reconstruction aid would go first to “loyal” villages. Doesn’t sound very conciliatory to me. But it seems that even the pro-government personalities aren’t getting their due. The Houthis have said repeatedly that nothing is happening on the ground and all the announcements are propaganda. Ya think?

Yemen Observer

YEMEN – Four of Sa’adah governorate’s prominent ruling General People’s Congress party (GPC) members submitted their resignation to the President, the General Secretary, and the party’s block leader.

The three MPs, Othman Mujali, Abdulsalam Saleh Hashool Zabiah, Faiz Abdullah Saleh al-Ojiri, and Faisal Iraij, resigned from the GPC as a “first step”, according to the message which the three members signed and submitted to the president.

In a message to the President, the resigning members attributed their dissatisfaction to repeated failures to implement promises and the governorate’s development matrix in Sa’adah, “the negligence and lack of interest by the government in all of the events and the sufferings of the people of the area”, as well their belief in a government agency conspiracy against all of the governorate’s crucial issues. (Read on …)

Yemen Post Threatened by Yemeni Govt for Reporting News

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Media — by Jane Novak at 6:02 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Yemeni government has shut down seven independant Arabic language newspapers and established a new press court for trials of journalists. Now the government is taking aim at the English language Yemen Post, warning the paper not to cooperate with international media- or else.

From the Yemen Post

Over the last two weeks, the Yemen Post received numerous threats from different sides due to its coverage of the foreigners that were kidnapped and killed. The Yemen Post was the main independent source for 90% of the international media. Its comments were even given priority over the government and what it announced.
Last week, meetings took place between the Yemen Post and leading figures of the government. In the meetings, The Yemen Post was firmly asked not to work with international media outlets and to limit its self to local media. Direct threats were given. The option on the table was to agree to cooperate with the government whether it was right or wrong in what they announce. In the end, the Yemen Post refused.
It is sad that these people don’t understand that the job of media is not covering what it is asked of it to cover, but to cover the truth.
Yemen has not yet understood the difference between independent and governmental media, and the Yemen Post has vowed to show everyone the difference.
What I clearly want to say is that the Yemen Post is doing what it was established to do, and that is lead Yemeni media, raise its standards, and through its sources throughout the country, be able to serve not only Yemen, but the international community with concrete information about what is really happening.
Even with the threats we are given, the Post will not soften its stance and will work to be the most trusted local and international news source in Yemen.

Calls for Saleh to Resign Spread

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:41 pm on Monday, May 25, 2009

A non-violent purge of his family is also required . Really they should all be in jail. A technocrat govt is a good idea. The biggest threat to unity is Saleh and his cohorts.

Sahwa Net – The former Secretary-General of the ruling General People Congress party Abdul-Salam al-Ansi has called President Saleh for stepping down from GPC and take away corrupt people.

In an interview with al-Nass weekly newspaper, al-Ansi said that plundering lands, squandering public money and privatizing public sector are among reasons behind strains spread in the South.

“If we do not recognize the existence of the South issue, then we try to bury our head in the sand” added al-Ansi “The president and the opposition should prioritize the south issue”.

He suggested forming a technocrat cabinet and getting rid of all corrupt people even if they are close family members.

He also labeled the campaign recently raided by the government against some independent newspapers as naïve recklessness which serves none.

Yemen Post

Human rights activists, journalists, academics and politicians, who staged a sit-in Tuesday at the Al-Hurriya Square coinciding with the cabinet’s weekly meeting, urged the government to step down.

The government must submit its resignation and at once, the sit-inners said.

During the protest, mainly in solidarity with those who were arrested in the south and kidnapped teens, head of the Supreme Opposition Council Sultan Al-Etwani accused the regime of pushing the people for secessionism as he urged further sit-ins until legal demands are met.

The current regime is behind the deteriorating situation in the country and its acts are driving the people to the wall, he said, pointing to those calling for the separation of the south.

Amid the latest developments the people no longer think of unity and prosperity, he added.

Al-Etwani called on the ministers to come back to their homes as they have proved unable to bear sense of responsibility towards the nation.

For his part, secretary general of the Yemeni Medical Doctors’ Syndicate Abdul Qawi Al-Shamiry depicted the ministers as the regime’s slaves.

The HOOD urged General Attorney to investigate the recent events in the south and pursue criminals.

Head of the organization Mohammed Naji Alaw, who led a demonstration to the Cabinet Presidency and the Attorney General’s office, said attacks against rallies at the Al-Hashmi Square, Aden, were deemed as attacks against the constitution and stifling the people’s freedom.

He urged to investigate the attacks.

Other participants called for fair treatment of the people who demand better life and more rights.

As unrest intensified in the south with the people fighting the troops and calling for the separation of the south, many demonstrations have been cracked down, with hundreds arrested.

GPC 7th Conference

Filed under: GPC — by Jane Novak at 8:22 am on Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What total crap. I’m only posting it because I need it for a report:

GPC Secretary General reveals a group of large future reforms
Wednesday, 06-May-2009
Almotamar.net – The First Deputy Chairman of the General People’s Congress GPC, the Secretary General Abid Rabu mansour Hadi revealed future tendencies the GPC intends to implement in the next period including a group of political, economic, security and social reforms. (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 …)

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 …)

Yemeni Parliament Reinforces Tribalism

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Friday, February 13, 2009

There is a very good book by IFES, it could be 2005, but everything in it is still true, and one article gives the stats of tribal Sheiks in Parliament and its high. In effect, the “democratic institutions” in Yemen reinforce patriarchal norms and undermine egalitarianism. al Sahwa notes a study that concludes many MP’s have a grammer school education, a result of this patronage system.

A working paper on the common measures of forming the parliamentary elite in Yemen has demonstrated that the ruling party , the General People Congress, always nominates incompetent candidates for parliament, pointing out that most of its parliament’s members do not hold secondary school certificates. (Read on …)

Obama Website Interview with Ambassador Seche on Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, Elections, GPC, Political Parties, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:21 am on Friday, January 23, 2009

Well, I must say I nearly fell of my chair when I saw this interview (Yemeni Policians Must Compromise for Sake of Elections) with Ambassador Seche on America. gov, (the newly redesigned White House website), before I even read it.

Just the fact that Yemeni issues were being acknowledged within 48 hours of the ascension of President Obama was rather refreshing. Between 2003 and 2007, there were very few public statements on Yemen. It was like a black hole. Yemen didn’t even make the list of countries in the speeches about the Middle East. So this, in and of itself, is good.

I’m always rather hard on the US, that’s my job as a citizen and a journalist. At the same time, as I’ve recently been discussing elsewhere, no one has to wait for US policy to change in order to be democratic. There are many amazing and couragous persons in Yemen peacefully battling for the improvement of their nation. They fight for their children’s future, and maybe that’s where they get the astounding fortitude. They are the do-ers. They pay the price and are deserving of all respect. However, there are very few Yemeni organizations, parties or groups that adhere internally to the principles of democratic representation, transparency, accountability and the systematic transfer of power.

The head of one reformist organization, which shall remain nameless, appointed family members to leadership positions. That makes a mockery of the whole cry for reform. This is not a call for progress, its musical chairs. The talented and hard working people are still excluded. They have little opportunity to give their full measure to society because they have no access to power, across the board.

Democracy is a personal commitment to equality, even when you come up on the short end and lose privileges and advantages. There is nothing stopping the political parties in Yemen, the reform movements and civil society organizations from implementing democratic structures and practices. The whining about US policy (and the regime) is a tad tiresome in the absence of demonstrable commitment on the part of the complainers to the principles they are advocating.

Waiting to be saved is a long, long wait for any people and any nation. Passing the time chewing qat may make life more bearable but it doesn’t make anything better. Anyway, without further ado (was that enough ado?), here’s Ambassador Seche’s interview in full, which I will focus on in more depth in another post because, as you may expect, I have a few comments on the substance as well as the timing and the context.

Washington — With uncertainty surrounding Yemen’s proposed April parliamentary elections, the U.S. ambassador in Sana’a urges the governing and opposition parties to make compromises to allow the vote to proceed and give Yemen’s people the opportunity to express their will “freely and fairly.”

Yemen’s political parties are engaged in a “protracted dispute” over elements of the election such as voter registration, membership on the country’s Supreme Council for Elections and Referenda (SCER) and other procedural disagreements.

“This is disappointing to everyone who has watched Yemen in recent years,” U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche told America.gov. Until recently, the country had been building “a pretty good track record in terms of its commitment to democratic processes, including elections,” he said. He urged politicians to “look beyond narrowly defined party interests and make the necessary compromises, so that the people of this country have the opportunity to go to the polls and participate in a process that they can be proud of.” (Read on …)

Yemen’s Ruling Party Spent YR 60 Bil Public Funds in 2003 Elections

Filed under: Corruption, Elections, GPC, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:42 am on Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kudos to IFES for speaking plainly. Yemen Post

The ruling party allocated almost YR 60 billion to buy votes in the 2003 parliamentary elections in an attempt to increase its election opportunities in Parliament, an international expert specialized in the election affairs said.

Chief expert of political finance at the International Foundation for Election Systems IFES Dr. Marshen Walky, however, expressed regret over using such sum in what he described as political and electoral corruption while the sum was rather to used to implement infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and roads.

He said that a report by the IDEA Organization on democracy building in Yemen revealed that the ruling party in Yemen had allocated between YR 40-60 billion during the 2003 elections to buy votes.

At a press conference in Sana’a on Wednesday Walky said though the Yemeni election law bans buying electoral votes and using the public funds in elections, there is no observation or control of the spending of public funds on electoral campaigns.

He likened Yemeni legislations to Swiss cheese full of holes.

He urged that candidates must exercise transparency to disclose resources to fund their electoral campaigns.

Walky said political corruption linked to financing electoral campaigns is a threat to the whole development and the development of democracy in particular in any country as some businessmen endorse candidates in return these businessmen can ensure they can get back what they paid for electoral campaigns through obtaining contracts and investment tenders through winning candidates they endorse.

Walky brought up the misuse of the public funds during elections saying that international monitors judged the electoral process in 2006 was not totally fair due to exclusive use of public funds.

He said the EU mission, which observed the 2006 local and presidential elections in Yemen, found out that many officials used the country’s resources such as buildings, cars and ceremonies to succeed their electoral campaigns.

Walky said changing the electoral system will not solve the problem of political corruption; however, he said the Party-List system is the best solution to restrict buying votes, even if it will not tackle the problem completely.

He urged media to play a vital role in establishing awareness to curb illegal spending of candidates so that only efficient and right winners come to power.

(Read on …)

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 …)

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 …)

GPC Leadership Change Chairs

Filed under: GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:22 pm on Sunday, November 16, 2008

They all do this including the opposition. Yemeni politics is mostly the same 50 old men that have been playing the game for the last two decades.

Hadi elected Deputy Chairman of the GPC & Secretary General
Wednesday, 12-November-2008
Almotamar.net – At the conclusion of its extraordinary session held in Sana’a Wednesday under the motto of ‘ Towards Free, honest and Transparent parliamentary elections’ the Major Permanent Committee of the General People’s Congress (GPC) has elected Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi Deputy Chairman of the GPC Secretary General of the of the GPC and Abdulqader Bajammal Deputy Chairman of the GPC with unanimity of all members of the Permanent Committee.

The Permanent Committee, in its closing statement, confirmed holding the upcoming parliamentary elections in their fixed time, categorically refusing any attempts that would impede or postpone them under any reason for any reason whatsoever and by whosoever party or side.

YT

SANA’A, Nov. 11 — President Ali Abdullah Saleh, head of the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC), disclosed a proposal to admit two parties from the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) to the membership of the Supreme Committee for Election and Referendum (SCER) and one assistant secretary-general through a dialogue chaired by Rashad Al-Alimi deputy prime minister for security and defense affairs and Abdul Qader Hila, Minister of Local Administration.

Saleh confirmed in an exceptional session for the members of the GPC’s Permanent Committee yesterday that the upcoming parliamentary elections would be held as scheduled, on 27 April 2009. He renewed his call to political parties to conduct a constructive dialogue that abides by the national principles, constitution and law. (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.

GPC and Syrian Ba’ath Party Reaffirm Cooperation

Filed under: GPC, Syria — by Jane Novak at 8:25 am on Monday, October 27, 2008

sign agreements

almotamar.net – A session of talks between the delegation of the General People’s Congress (GPC) headed by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Sheikh Sultan al-Barakani and the National Leadership of the Arab Ba’th Socialist Party of Syria chaired by Assistant Secretary General Abdullah al-Ahmar was held at the headquarters of the Ba’th National Leadership Saturday morning.

The meeting reviewed organizational issues and development of relations between the GPC and the Ba’th parties as well as Arab, Islamic and international issues and importance of unifying the Arab rank as well as coordination of stands regarding all national issues particularly the Palestinian issue, the Arab Israeli conflict and occupation of Iraq.

Sheikh Sultan al-Barakani confirmed in the meeting Yemen’s government and people with their Syrian brothers and their support for the efforts Syria exerts for restoration of the occupied Arab territories in the Golan Heights , indicating the stands in support for Syria of which President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced repeatedly during his meetings with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Al-Barakani praised wisdom of the Syrian leadership and steadfastness of the Arab people of Syria in foiling the foreign schemes that try to target Syria that were thinking that they placed Syria between pincers.

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 …)

GPC’s 400 Journalists to Unify Message

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists — by Jane Novak at 11:52 pm on Monday, August 25, 2008

propagnda machine revs up

the GPC journalists are getting a raise, non-governmental journalists earn as little as $100/month

Plenary meeting for the GPC media men expected to be attended by about 400
Monday, 18-August-2008 al-Motamar: Under patronage of president Ali Abdullah Saleh , President of the General People’s Congress (GPC) a plenary media meeting will be held on Tuesday with participation of GPC media men working for the different media instruments of the GPC, and those working for the media and press of the political parties members in the national alliance.

An official source at the GPC sector for intellect, culture and information has made it clear that that the meeting to be attended by more than 400 journalists aims at assessing and unifying the information address of the GPC in the present stage in pursuit of achieving the national and organisational strategies undertaken by the GPC and contributing to winning development dues, enhancing the role of the media t6hat defends the national gains and democratic process.

The source said this organisational demonstration constitutes a tradition that the GPC would hold in a periodical manner that would help enhance bonds of communication and guarantee periodical assessment of the GPC press performance. The source added the participants would discuss a group of organisational documents and studies concerned with information and means for enhancing its national message that expresses hopes and ambitions of the Yemeni people who granted the GPC their confidence in parliamentary, presidential and local elections.

The meeting is also going to discuss a number of organisational, national and professional concerns in the manner serving to raise the level of media performance and preserve rights of journalists as well the professional legislations organizing the relations among all communication parties.

The source also expects that the meeting will come out with a strategic vision regarding the information address of the GPC and resolutions and recommendations accommodating all visions and treatments and means of developing the professional performance of the GPC press.

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.

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 .

1000 Officials Disobey the Law

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:54 pm on Thursday, July 10, 2008

SNACC to refer 1000 officials to prosecution

[05 July 2008]

SANA’A, July 05 (Saba) – The Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption (SNACC) threatened 1000 governmental officials to be referred to the public prosecution due to not submitting their financial disclosures to the authority.

The head of the Financial Disclosure Sector at the SNACC Mohammad al-Matari said that the authority sent last week messages to 1000 officials in more than 12 ministries indicating to their financial disclosures’ delay, the GPC-run almoatamr.net stated Saturday.

In strongly worded messages, the authority gave a week for those officials to submit their financial disclosures, otherwise it will refer them to the prosecution on charge of refusing implementing the Financial Disclosures Law.

Worth mentioning, SNACC received till the middle of last June 2400 financial disclosures for officials from various government bodies.

GPC Official Shot Dead in Sana’a

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:54 pm on Friday, July 4, 2008

Bajammal’s Office Director killed by Hamid al-Ahmar’s bodyguards? Its a developing story….
al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – Medical sources have said Friday that Ali Atif, director of the General People’s Congress (GPC) ’s Secretary General Abdulqader Bajammal’s Office died Friday of wounds he received after he came under gunfire attack by gunmen in the capital Sana’a on Thursday evening.

The sources said that that Ali Atif died before reaching the Saudi German Hospital that he was taken after gunfire he came under hitting him in parts close to the heart. In an incident of shooting fire at the area of Hada in the capital. With him in the incident was Industry and Trade Undersecretary Salem Salman, who occupies also the post of the Deputy Head of External Relations Office at the GPC. Mr Salman is still at the hospital under treatment of his wounds.

Eyewitnesses present at the hospital said the Minister of Industry and Trade Dr Abdulkarim Rasie visited the hospital Friday to ask about the health condition of Salem Salman.

The brother of Salem Salman earlier accused bodyguards of Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar of opening fire in the incident that caused the wounding of his brother and the death of the director of Bajammal office. Security sources that exchange of fire led to the injury of two of sheikh al-Ahmar bodyguards.

Islah: “could happen to anyone”

Yemen Post: Sources close to Islah Party leader Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar told the Yemen Post that his special escort Mohammed Al-Quataish died on Saturday evening of wounds he sustained in an exchange of fire incident.

Manager of the ruling party’s secretary general Ali Atef was shot in the same incident that occurred on Thursday and his fellow Salim Mohammed Salman, also a deputy minister in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, was injured as well.

Presidential directives ordered transferring him to India to meet treatment there and sources refused to give details about the incident that involved Al-Ahmar’s guards on one hand and Atef and Salman on the other.

However, the sources blamed the incident on altercation between the guards and Atef in Hadda area of the capital, hinting that another Al-Ahmar’s guard, charged with guarding the house adjoining Atef’s house, was injured as well.

In a statement released on Saturday, the General People Congress (GPC) denounced the attack and described it as a criminal act outside the law.

The statement also noted that Atef was once one of the outstanding leaders and cadres of GPC and demanded the Ministry of Interior and security apparatuses to hunt after the perpetrators and to hold them into account.

In its statement, Islah party denounced politicizing the matter, stressing it a habitual crime that could happen with anyone.

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.

Democracy Day Demonstrators Forced to Attend

Filed under: GPC, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:25 pm on Monday, April 28, 2008

Something like pro-government demonstrations in North Korea and Cuba:

Aden governor attacks opposition over boycotting governors’ election
Sunday 27 April 2008 / Mareb Press

Some Yemeni governorates have witnessed today mass demonstrations and festivals in the occasion of the Democracy Day, the 27th of April.

Aden province was one of the provinces which witnessed mass demonstrations and festivals, the governor of Aden, Ahmed al-Kahlani, said in his speech that “The local elections are considered a step to shut the mouths of those who oppose the development in Yemen and to stop the hostile policies of some opposition parties.”

He said, “The decision of opposition parties regarding boycotting the elections of governors reflects the contradiction between these parties and their political and electoral programmes.”

Thousands of university and school students and governmental employees gathered today in Aden. Some of them told Mareb Press that they were forced to participate in this festival in return of receiving their salary for April.

Meanwhile, Ibb and Abyan provinces witnessed festivals to observe the Democracy Day. The festivals were organized by political parties, social organizations, and civil society organizations in the provinces.

Also, some thousands of people in al-Dhale province attended the festival which was organized by ruling General People’s Congress in the province in the Unity field to observe the Democracy Day.

Minister Attacked in Papers

Filed under: GPC, Local gov, Ministries, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:08 am on Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yemen Online

Sana’a, April 19, 2008 – Several government funded weeklies are launching a media campaign against Minister of local Administration, Abdulqader Hilal accusing him of corruption and leaking information to the opposition.

These newspapers reported that some government officials are working to prosecute minister Hilal for corruption charges and for leaking information to the opposition Joint Meeting Party (JMP).

The papers did not said what sort of information Hilal revealed to the opposition parties.

According to the newspapers Hilal is financing the so-called separation movement in the south.

Taiz-based A-Gomhoria government daily published an “alleged” interview with minister Hilal several days ago in which the paper “on behalf’s of Hilal” attacked political parties in the country.

The newspaper published and apology after Hilal denied that he did the interview and explained that the text of the interview was sent to the newspaper by a reporter working for the defense ministry-funded 26 September weekly.

A source close to minister Hilal expressed surprise over the media campaign government-funded media outlets are launching against Hilal. The source said that in protest minister Hilal is staying at home these days.

Minister Hilal enjoys good reputation and popularity mainly amidst people of the south. He served as southern Hadramawt governor before he assumes his current position as the minister of local administration.

Education Minister Pressured to Give Scholarships

Filed under: Education, GPC, Reform, Yemen, Yemen-Corruption — by Jane Novak at 8:42 am on Monday, April 21, 2008

Yemen Post

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Saleh Basurah called on dignitaries and social personalities not to exercise more pressure on state to establish new universities, hinting that any expansion in this respect does not serve the development.

Basurah hinted the existing universities have not yet set completely their infra-structure and buildings, adding that his ministry is working at the present time on the preparing higher education law draft which will be referred to the cabinet next month.

Likewise, the ministry is working on academic accreditation system and quality assurance which will be applied on both government and private universities, calling for the establishment of more community colleges instead of universities.

Meanwhile, Basurah threaten to disclose the practices of high-ranking officials and some members of parliament who exercise pressure on his ministry to distribute scholarships for those who do not deserve them and in a way that does not serve the country.

In a meeting involving the anti-corruption authority and Minister of Finance Noman Al-Suhaibi by the end of the last week, Basurah threatened to resign from his post in case he is sued for errors committed by others.

Sources pointed out that Basurah asked the anti-corruption authority to help him rid of the interferences of high-ranking officials in running his ministry’s affairs, or otherwise he would expose the secrets on any satellite channel.

For their part, the anti-corruption authority demanded Basurah to hand in the file of financial and cultural attaches abroad including the attaches of Jordan and Malaysia who failed to submit a financial disclosures.

By the end of the meeting, officials ordered withholding the allocations of all attaches who have not presented their financial disclosures. They also asked for take serious measures against those who delay the payment of students’ money together with starting payment right from the next year through the Ministry of Higher Education only.

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 …)

16 Billion YR Lost Overseas, Woops

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:53 am on Friday, April 18, 2008

Kudos to the SNACA for addressing the issue. Where did the money go? That’s a lot of money.

al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – The Supreme National Anti-Corruption Authority (SNACA) gave Yemeni cultural attaches in Yemeni embassies in 46 countries a 2-month time to settle funds in their charge before it takes measures against them and holds them accountable according to its authorities under the law.

The member of the SNACA, the head of information sector Yassin Abdeh Saeed the funds under care of the cultural attaches in 46 countries that since 2001 have not been settled amount to YR 16 billion, 81 million and 142 thousand, affirming the Authority’s follow-up of this issue with the ministry of higher education.

In this regard the SNACA official praised the cooperation shown by the Yemeni minister of higher education Dr Saleh Basura in this issue and issues of failures of which Mr Saeed the minister opposes them.

Ruling Party MP Assassinated in Saada

Filed under: GPC, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Friday, April 18, 2008

Tribal, Houthis, al-Qaeda, the regime?

ABC: A politician from Yemen’s ruling party has been shot dead by gunmen in the northwestern region of Saada.

Witnesses say the General People’s Congress member, Saleh al-Hindi, and two bodyguards were killed when their car was sprayed with bullets.

The Saada province has been the scene of a rebellion by members of the Zaidi community, a Shiite offshoot.

While it is not clear who is responsible for the attack, al-Hindi was known to support government efforts to subdue the rebels.

Hendi _ a former leader of the opposition Socialist party who heads a prominent tribe in Saada _ has survived several previous assassination attempts. Hendi left the Socialists about four years ago and joined the ruling party.

Update: tribal, military, Houthis?

Government and Houthis exchange accusation over killing tribal sheikh
Saturday 19 April 2008 / Mareb Press

Member of parliament Sheikh Saleh Daghsan was killed on Friday in Saada province, northern Yemen, by unknown gunmen who sprayed bullets on the car when he was on his way to Saada.

Daghsan’s son and one of the bodyguards were killed in the attack and three others bodyguards were injured.

Sheikh Daghsan was the head of a prominent tribe in Saada and he was supporting the governmental efforts to subdue rebels led by Abdul-Malik Houthi in the Saada province.

Meanwhile, the government and al-Houhti rebels have exchanged accusations over the assassination of Sheikh Daghsan.

The governor of Saada province accused in statement for al-Jazeera Channel Huothi followers of killing sheikh Daghsan as an attempt to evade the implementation of the Qatari-brokered agreement between the government and al-Houthis.

On other hand, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi condemned in a press release the attack and described it as regrettable incident.

“The killing of the Member of Parliament sheikh Saleh Daghsan Hinidi and his Ahmed Saleh comes within the framework of the violations and attacks committed by the government against Saada citizens,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in the press release.

A close source to Daghsan said, “The killing of the sheikh is connected with a revenge issue between his tribe and another tribe.”

Yemeni Regime Metamorphosed Al-Qaeda

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:36 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bingo, Munier hits the nail on the head.

And yes most terrorists do take their orders from the military leaders.

Yemen Times

Suspicious conducts preceding terrorist attacks:

There are numerous examples of suspicious conducts preceding terrorist events. But what has been proved authentic is that most of the terrorist operations in our homeland were launched by individuals whom the authority metamorphosed and transferred from the Qaeda terrorist Network to a government-controlled terrorist camp. Therefore, most of the terrorists available in Yemen stopped receiving orders from Aiman Al-Dhawahri or Abu Al-Faraj Al-Leebi. Instead, they receive orders from officers in the Yemeni army and security institutions. The actual threat originates from this fact.

At this point, one can say that the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a and the adjacent 7 July Girls’ School was planned and launched by metamorphosed terrorists in a manner different from that followed by the real Qaeda Network comrades, who are known for enjoying a high level of exactitude in planning their plots and attacking their specific targets.

What provokes more suspicion is that one week ahead of the terrorist attack, some of the ruling party’s websites shed light on a dispute between Principal of the 7 July Girls’ School – a woman – and some elements, which these websites described as “reformists and extremists”, implying that they belong to the major opposition party in the country.

The pro-ruling party websites published a story saying the school principal was beaten. Is it believable that such preparations were made by chance for the sake of attacking those named by the authority as Yemen’s Taliban?

In conclusion, the Yemeni authority doesn’t only metamorphose the beauteous things and empty out their content such as the unity and democracy. Rather, it did metamorphose even the bad things and made them worse. It changed terrorism from a political crime into a political depravity or evil.

As a result, Mr. Hussein Al-Dharhani is not the only victim that deserves apology by the authority since Bin Shamlan deserves a similar apology and so does the JMP leadership, the family of Jarallah Omar, families of schoolgirls killed in the most recent terrorist attack, the U.S. Embassy staff and the metamorphosed Qaeda elements.

Al-Qirby Trip to US Postponed

Filed under: GPC, Ministries, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:32 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008

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Al-Sahwa:

April 13, 2008 – Well-informed sources told Alsahwa.net that Washington cancelled a visit of the Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, to Washington which was set to be in mid-April, indicating that this step was taken as Yemen rejected extraditing an FBI wanted, Jamal al-Badawi, suspected of bombing the USS Cole destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden.

This step followed a visit made by the FBI director Robert Mueller in which he met president Saleh and discussed terror issues.

A spokesman of the U.S. embassy to Yemen had told Alsahwa.net that the FBI director asked Saleh to extradite al-Badawi in order to prosecute him in a U.S. court.

The source pointed out that Mueller further discussed with Saleh issues of combating terrorism and updates of the investigations on the attacks which targeted the U.S. embassy on March 18 and the housing compound of Hadda on April 6.

“Mueller informed Yemen’s officials that U.S. ordered its non-essential staff and their families to leave Yemen due to those attacks which targeted the embassy and American oilmen” added the source.

Official sources said that al-Qirbi would visit Washington in mid-April and would meet the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in order to discuss mutual relations and how to enhance bilateral cooperation in various areas along with the Middle East prominent issues.

Yemen Observer

The Yemeni Foreign Minister said that he asked for a postponement of his mid April visit to the United States. In a special release to the Yemen Observer, the minister said that the visit was delayed by the Yemeni side because of incomplete arrangements for the visit.

The minister confirmed that the postponement is neither linked to Washington’s demand to extradite criminal suspects such as al-badawi, recent bombings in Sana’a or unrest in the south, nor the FBI’s manager’s visit. He asserted that the visit agenda will not change. It will consist mainly of the issue of bilateral relations, development and cooperation in political, economic and development fields, and regional developments such as terrorism and Iraq.

Al-Qirbi denied any crisis or tension in Yemeni-American relations, yet he pointed out that it is just a difference in opinion, over the al-Badawi case, the first suspect in the USS Cole’s attack to be charged, explaining that it is a constitutionally settled issue from the Yemeni side.

Yemeni media had published news of Washington canceling the foreign minister’s visit of mid April because of the Yemeni refusal of al-Badawi’s extradition, linking it to the FBI’s manager Robert Mueller’s unscheduled visit, in which he discussed terror issues with president Saleh, however, the foreign minister denied it.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy spokesperson said in a press release, “the Yemeni government told us that it postponed the foreign minister’s visit for contradictory schedule reasons.”

Media sources quoted the American Embassy as saying that the FBI manager Robert Mueller, asked during his meeting with president Saleh that al-Badawi should be detained in order that he would be tried in an American court over the American USS Cole attack.

Mueller’s visit was followed by evacuation instructions given to unessential US Embassy officials and their families, with the first group leaving Sana’a on Sunday morning.

Many observers described the American measures as unnecessary, adding that it is a sort of an American pressure on Yemen.

Political analyst, Saeed Thabit, thinks that the measure is unjustified because such things happen to the Americans all over the world. He says that this comes within the context of pressuring Yemen to provide more logistical and military facilities for America’s ‘war on terror,’ conscious of the geopolitical position of and its volatile neighbours.

Journalist Hamoud Munasar described the American step as unnecessary and unjustified, pointing out that Yemen has experienced worse conditions in the past without causing the Americans to take such measures.

Thabit expects a crisis to ensue if Washington continues pressuring Yemen regarding the extradition issue.

Thabit owed the sensitivity of the extradition of the Yemenis to be tried in America to two factors: one concerning the Yemeni constitution which prohibits extraditing Yemeni citizens to be tried in any foreign country, and the other one is regarding the unnecessary security disturbance to be entailed by such a step.

The Americans should consider a bargain in which Yemeni nationals incarcerated in America, including Mohammed Ali al-Moaid and Mohammed Zaid to Yemen, together with the Guantanamo detainees, are returned to Yemen in return for a Yemeni pledge to try anyone who is proved to be involved in violent or illegal actions.

Yemen recently witnessed terrorist actions against American interests, including the March 19 attack, that resulted in killing a soldier and the injury of tens of a neighboring girl’s school’s students, in addition to the blasts that hit American hunt employees’ resident complex in Sana’a on April 6.

Current Governors Not to be Re-Elected, Well Not All Of Them, Probably

Filed under: Civil Rights, Elections, GPC, Local gov, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:49 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008

The GPC dominated local councils will nominate and elect the govs. There’s no residency requirement. Current governors can be nominated, but the GPC is not using its power to get the appointed current governors formally installed by the vote, Shamy sez. The governor of Aden really needs to go.

al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – Head of the Information Office at the General People’s Congress (GPC) Treq al-Shamy on Monday said the door to nomination for the post of a governor is open but as a transitional stage the electing body would be from members of governorate and district local councils and are amounting to more than 7200 members.

On the right of governors who are at present heads of local councils and if they are also meant for nomination al-Shamy said , ” They have the right and it is not a condition that the candidate to be from the sons of the governorate especially if that governor was successful in his job and offered much to the governorate, ” but al-Shamy affirmed that on condition of the recommendation he is entitled to get and estimated at 10% of the total members of local councils in the governorate for nomination to the post.

Al-Shamy in a statement to altaghyeer.net website has ruled out that the GPC ruling party would use its majority in the councils for reproduction of the present reality through the re-election of the present governors and their continuation vial balloting boxes.

Mareb Press

The political leaders of the opposition Join Meeting Parties (JMPs) described the electing of governors as ‘play’. They said the governor elections contradict the principle of free and direct elections.

They demanded to issue a law allowing all people to elect the governors and district directors.

The chairman of the political circle of Yemen Congregation for Reform party (Islah) said in a press conference for the JMPs, “we are with the decision of governors and district directors elections, if the elections are open and public, but the government has confined the candidacy for governor post on the members of governorate and district local councils.”

Earlier, the National Defense Council (NDC) chaired by President Ali Abdullah Saleh decided on Wednesday to amend some articles of the Local Authority Law concerning elections of governors.

The NDC decided to transfer all financial allowances for development projects in governorates to the local councils and to give local councils the authority of electing governors from members of the local councils in the governorates.

A one party system wearing a multi-party mask

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:25 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008

Constitutional ammendments on Shoura Council will enhance the power of the ruling party: Yemen Times:

And yes, I am dumping posts straight into history.

Over two weeks ago, the ruling party: the General People’s Congress approved a number of amendments to the constitution, which the party proposes to present to the parliament for endorsement. The majority of the members of parliament are members of the GPC and so endorsing these amendments are just a matter of time.

The amendments include shortening the presidential term from seven to 5 years, and the parliament term from six to 4. This will only be affective once the current terms are over.

The most significant amendment is the inclusive of the Shoura (consultative) council as a legislating power in Yemen side by side with the Parliament. The way things are today is that only members of parliament or the government can propose any new laws or legislations, which are then forwarded to the parliament to be accepted or rejected.

There are 301 members in the Yemeni parliament elected directly by the people every six years. The last elections were in 2003 and the coming will be in 2009. Whereas the Shoura council was an advisory board established in 2001 and made up of 111 members appointed by the president. Their tasks are to propose suggestions and ideas to help the president and the government rule the country and make the right decisions.

What will change once the proposed amendments are endorsed is that the Shoura Council will perform legislating duties jointly with the parliament. Both councils will be responsible for approving laws, general budgets and closing accounts. The regulation of the parliament and the shoura council will be changed and a new system will be created to adapt to this change.

Moreover, the number of members of the Shoura council is to increase to 151 members representing various governorates.

As it is the situation today is that there are at least 200 members of the parliament from the GPC, comprising a 66 percent majority. Only 150 members of the parliament need to congregate in order to discuss any new amendment and only 76 (50 percent +1) of them have to say yes in order to pass any new legislation. Now with the Shoura council members having the same power the idea of a balanced legislating power is turning to be a joke.

It will be a one party system wearing a multipartism mask. It will be impossible to pass something that the president or the government does not want, and it will be impossible to protect opposition and independent movements or members from the wrath of a majority who disapproves of the other.

With the system as is, it is almost certain that there is nothing we can do about the situation and that Yemen’s constitution will be changed. The only thing to do is that we raise awareness on the significance of such amendments and hope that someone with influence will care enough to stop this from happening.

Al-Qaeda Threatens Leadership in Mareb, and an Explosion

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Military, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:44 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mareb Press

Al Qaeda threatens leadership in Mareb
Local News: One soldier killed in Mareb
Saturday 12 April 2008 / Mareb Press

One soldier was killed on Saturday by unknown men on Safer road in Mareb province.

The attackers opened fire on an army vehicle leading to the death of one solider. The attackers were able to run away.

The security apparatus are still search and investigating to know the attackers.

On other hand, unknown men threw a bomb on the building of the Command of Middle Region causing no casualties.

It’s worth mentioning that the building of the Command of Middle Region was exposed to a number of attacks during the last months. The attacks allegedly carried out by Al Qaede. The attack occurred during day time not at night as usual.

Unknown men have distributed publications threatening the leadership and social figures in Mareb with death for being involved, as they claimed, in killing four Al Qaeda men.

The publications which include poems also praise and lament the four Al Qaeda men.

And a bombing

Almotamar.net – An explosion resounded near gates of the Mareb governorate building and the General People’s Congress (GPC) branch headquarters at 7:30 pm Saturday.

The governor of Mareb Arif al-Zoka confirmed to almotamar.net the occurrence of the explosion and said it has not caused any damage and investigations were underway to disclose complications of the incident.

On his part the head of the GPC branch in the governorate Abdulwahid al-Qabali told almotamar.net that no damage happened or casualties due to the explosion except for slight damage to the gate of the GPC branch building.

The GPC leading member did not exclude political motives behind the incident of which the police are still investigating.

Internet Hours Limited; ID Required to Surf

Filed under: Communications, GPC, Media, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:20 am on Thursday, March 20, 2008

Unsurprising in the wake of the mortar attack on the US embassy; however, it is another form of collective punishment.

Mareb Press

The 14 October police station disseminated today a circular to most of the internet cafes’ owners including closing the internet café at 12 am and banning use of internet by children during day or night with pretext of using the internet by suspicious people and children.

The director of police station stressed on the necessity of implementing and committing on this circular saying those will not implement it, they will have to hold the responsible for that.

“The customers should bring their identification cards with them in order to enter the internet café,” he said.

The officer of Rights and Liberties in Lawyers Syndicate, Mohammed al-Maswari, said in press released a copy of which was obtained by Mareb Press, this represent a clear restriction for the liberties and rights of citizens and businessmen.

He demanded for investigation about this. He wondered whether a police station can issued such circulars without any legal verdict.

Eyewitness said that a number of policemen started yesterday evening closing some internet cafes in Sana’a city at 1am.

Meanwhile Saleh declares March 19 as “Yemeni Media Day” and someone issues a statement on behalf of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YSJ) praising the president; however it wasn’t the YSJ. The YSJ was busy having a rally in support of journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani who is falsely charged with terrorism, while as we know, the terrorists are nearly all free whether or not they were sentenced to jail.

Al-Khiwani has highly appreciated the support of his colleagues, but urged all who have concerns about freedom of opinion to not abandon their legal struggle to get more freedom and break through all restrictions the authorities want to impose on press. He confirmed he would continue fight for his liberty and opinion.

2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 7:02 am on Monday, March 17, 2008

Its getting more accurate I think.

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
March 11, 2008

UNHCR

Yemen, with a population of more than 21 million, is a republic whose law provides that the president be elected by popular vote from among at least two candidates endorsed by parliament. In September 2006 citizens re-elected President Ali Abdullah Saleh to another seven-year term in a generally open and competitive election, characterized by multiple problems with the voting process and the use of state resources on behalf of the ruling party. Saleh has led the country since 1978. The president appoints the prime minister, who is the head of government. The prime minister, in consultation with the president, selects the Cabinet, or Council of Ministers. Although there is a multiparty system, the General People’s Congress Party (GPC) dominates the government. While civilian authorities generally maintained effective control of the security forces, there were a few instances in which elements of the security forces acted independently of government authority.

During a January-to-June third round of conflict which began in 2004, the government used heavy force in an attempt to suppress the al-Houthi rebels of Saada Governorate. Although there were no reliable estimates of numbers of rebels and civilians killed at year’s end, an estimated 700 to 1,000 government troops were killed and more than 5,000 were wounded.

Significant human rights problems existed. There were limitations on citizens’ ability to change their government due to corruption, fraudulent voter registration, and administrative weakness. There were reports that government forces committed arbitrary and unlawful killings, and torture and poor conditions existed in many prisons. Prolonged pretrial detention and judicial weakness and serious corruption were also problems. During the year, arbitrary arrest and detention increased, particularly of individuals with suspected links to the al-Houthi movement, who were forcibly removed from Saada and imprisoned in neighboring governorates. Restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, and peaceful assembly increased significantly. Pervasive discrimination against women also occurred, as well as child labor and child trafficking.

RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (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.

Two More State Channels

Filed under: GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:44 pm on Monday, March 10, 2008

26 September Net
SANA’A – President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched on Wednesday Sheba and Yamania Satellite Channels.

President Saleh listened from officials of the channels about their sections and plans. He also paid visits to the new studios at premises of the TV and the two satellite channels getting aquatinted with the new equipments and human resources.

During his talks with officials of the channels, president Saleh announced March 19th as the Day for the Yemeni Media to reward creative peoples in all the media outlets.

He gave orders to set up two other channels; news channel and religious channel, pointing out that the religious channel might be broadcasted from Hadramout, Aden, Taiz or Dhamar.

President Saleh also indicated to the care of the state for media and to follow up new changes in the world, saying that the media outlets should play their role in deepening national unity and spreading out principles of tolerance, brotherhood and love of the nation.

He urged the newspapers to be accurate in dealing with news and to make sure from credibility of what they publish as some newspapers damaged reputation of the country and its ties with some neighboring countries.

He also asked the media to spread awareness among the society about risks of insecticide used in growing Qat and other issues related to the health of the people.

Corruption Commission May Bring Charges

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Presidency, Reform, Yemen, govt budget — by Jane Novak at 10:36 am on Thursday, March 6, 2008

Update:

Through looking at the other side of the corruption cycle, the different levels of governance have varying degrees of involvement in corruption, ranging from the baselines to middle and high-level officials. However, the recent formation of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption has raised hopes in the sincerity of government’s efforts towards enhancing transparency and battling corruption.

However, spectators indicate that the anti-corruption commission will have limited success in any anti-corruption reforms, quoting that the commission has distributed over 3000 applications for the disclosure of net wealth to high ranking government officials, while less than 300 officials cooperated with the commission and disclosed their net worth. Challengingly, a source who requested to remain anonymous indicated that the president himself refused a request from the commission to take the lead and disclose his own net worth in order to influence other officials, but the presidential office turned that request down.

It is obvious that the anti-corruption commission will be facing a serious challenge if it is to succeed in its anti-corruption mission; however, the hope relies within the support of the international community and donor organizations such as the World Bank and USAID.

Original Post: The article doesnt mention how many declaration forms were sent out, I think its around 2000. Its a good system. As with everything else, the key will be enforcement. Publishing the names in the newspaper is not enforcement; legal action is. The state cannot be above the law, but it is.

al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – The Supreme National Anti-Corruption Authority (SNACA) in Yemen has on Wednesday threatened to refer all those who are lagging behind in delivering their financial declarations to prosecution to be accounted on heir properties and to be tried on charges of corruption cases in case they did not deliver those declarations as soon as possible.

Head of financial declaration sector at the SNACA Mohammed al-Matari told almotamar.net that the authority would in the next three weeks prepare statements of the names of those who failed to present their financial declarations and sending them to prosecution and trial.

The SNACA has earlier defined a date for all those involves in financial declarations in 60 days from receiving the form but many of those included have delayed in committing to that and that impedes the authority work. Al-Matari said the number of those who delivered their financial declarations from ministers, directors general and government officials is so far 592 persons, indicating to almotamar.net that all the ministers have handed over their declarations while many of directors general still have not delivered their declarations.

This measure comes at a time the authority has revealed that of investigations carried out by officials at the authority in 54 cases of corruption.

Interview with NDI Head

Filed under: Elections, GPC, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:15 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Yemen Post is coming up with many good interviews. This one is with the head of NDI:

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) works in over 60 countries across the globe and seeks to strengthen democratic practices. NDI has been working in Yemen since 1993, primarily supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) but with funding from other sources, such as the Dutch and UK embassies in the past. The two-member office has turned now to be a regional office with over 40 employees of Yemeni and foreign nationalities. It has sought to develop democracy in the country and actively participated in all presidential, parliamentary and local elections conducted in Yemen as of 1993.

By the end of 2006, a Canadian man with European roots (of Bulgarian father and German mother) assumed the responsibility as the resident director of the Sana’a-based NDI regional office. Prior to his arrival in Yemen, the man who just came from Afghanistan thought his task will be an easy one; however, this was not the case. Although Yemen has common features with Afghanistan, including the society’s tribal structure, there were tensions between NDI and the Yemeni government, felt especially under his predecessor Robin Madrid’s direction. It was necessary by then to adjust the Institute’s policies, especially those which aroused Yemeni government’s dissatisfaction. Before joining the NDI, he served as chief of staff to Canada’s Secretary of State for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as well as serving for many years in the Canadian Army, within the Royal Canadian Artillery. This is Peter Dimitroff, the country director of NDI’s program in Yemen.

Though his back ground is military, Dimitroff is energetic and enjoys a high sense of diplomacy and speaks with frankness yet with cautiousness. Hereafter are the details of our interview with him:

Yemen Post: What is your assessment of Yemen’s democratic experience?

Peter Demitroff: Yemen has been able to achieve good results; however, we have to find some way to move beyond that. In fact there exist democratic structures including parliament, local councils, etc, but still we have to push them forward in order to work better. Moreover, unrest in southern Yemen, economic situation, pensioners’ situation should be also read within the political context which is the normal context. There have been fairly good elections, but elections do not mean democracy. Despite all achievements, there is still more work ahead to be done and more improvement is required. Yemen compares well with other regional countries in the democratic field, but this democracy has to bring results to people. (Read on …)

Zindani, GPC Head and Saddiq al-Ahmar call for resistance

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Media, Palestinians, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:37 pm on Monday, March 3, 2008

News Yemen

Head of Al-Eman religious university, member of Yemeni Clerics Association, sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani has called for changing the Organization of Islamic Conference into an Arab-Islamic federation and to set up a Yemen-based satellite channel for the federation. (Read on …)

RSF: Press Freedom in Yemen

Filed under: GPC, Media, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:19 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2008

RSF

Independent and opposition journalists battled major restrictions and prosecution in 2007, with a dozen arrested and others physically attacked in the street.

Journalists in the capital, Sanaa, have renamed as “Freedom Square” an intersection near government buildings. Since the regime blocked access to several Internet websites in June 2007 and banned mobile phone news services, freedom of expression activists have met every Tuesday at the spot to protest. Several gatherings have been harshly repressed by police.

At least a dozen stringers for foreign satellite TV stations were banned from sending out material on social unrest and opposition activity in the last quarter of 2007. They included Hammud Munasser, of the Saudi station Al-Arabiya, who was arrested, had his videotapes seized and was interrogated for an hour on the road between Sanaa and Khamer, where about 18,000 people protested on 18 November about the government’s economic policies. A crew from the Qatari station Al-Jazeera was stopped on 10 December from travelling to the southern province of Lahj to cover an opposition rally.

Journalist targeted by the regime

Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, former editor of the weekly Al-Shura (suspended in 2005) was arrested in June and held for a month before being freed for health reasons. He was prosecuted before the state security court (which specialises in counter-terrorism) for “putting out news likely to undermine army morale” and faces the death penalty if convicted. He is accused of having links with Shiite rebels in the north and has appeared in court with 14 others charged with terrorism. The last hearing, on 25 November, was adjourned and by 1 January 2008 a new date had not yet been set. Al-Khaiwani was questioned by a judge with little affection for journalists, about (unpublished) articles criticising top government figures.

After he was freed, he continued to string for independent and foreign media. Following a story about prison conditions he wrote in the weekly Al-Nedaa, he was briefly kidnapped on 27 August and beaten by heavily-armed men who were apparently state security agents.

Violent incidents

A dozen armed men arrived in military vehicles at the offices of the weekly Al-Sharaa on 30 July and threatened to kill editor Naif Hassan, who was not there. The attack came two weeks after the defence ministry filed a suit against the paper after it printed articles about the fighting in the northern province of Saada. The paper was founded in June 2007.

Ali al-Assadi, editor of the weekly Al-Adwaa, was beaten unconscious in Sanaa on 12 December by thugs with sticks and pickaxes. He said his attackers wore army uniforms.

The Yemeni Government Doesn’t Understand Acronyms

Filed under: GPC, Media, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:25 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2008

Let me give you a clue: each letter stands for a word. MEI is not the same as MEMRI. MEI is a think tank; MEMRI does translations.

Last week, the Middle East Institute (MEI) published an article, Fighting Brushfires with Battons: An Analysis of the Political Crisis in South Yemen, by authors April Longley and Abdul Ghani al-Iryani. The Yemeni government researched MEI and instead came up with MEMRI.

Because MEMRI is run by an Israeli guy, the official government media is saying the authors are working for Israel or some similar idiocy. This includes the 26 Septemper (sic), website of the Defense Ministry, and al-Motamar, website of the ruling party, who have been on a rampage for a week about the authors’ connections to woooowooooo Israel. The sheer stupidity of the accusations is compounded by the fact that MEMRI didn’t publish it; MEI did.

I can’t believe these people actually run a country. There should be some kind of intelligence test.

The Political Role of Yemeni Tribes

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:36 am on Thursday, February 21, 2008

What a good analysis, worth a read, Yemen Times

Yemeni society suffers from a faulty overall structure that has enabled the worst aspects of the past and present to emerge and become firmly established. Now we perceive the yoking of the worst values and practices of both bygone and contemporary times. New institutions have surfaced, modern in appearance but traditional in essence. They are “disfigured creatures,” borrowing from the tribe the most objectionable conventions and customs, such as vengeance killing, which is a phenomenon being transformed into political and partisan vengeance practiced in Sana’a and other Yemeni cities and villages. The “it-is-easy-to-resort-to-arms-and-violence” habit has been increasingly adopted to settle scores instead of resorting to the culture of dialogue and tolerance. (Read on …)

Head of Women’s GONGO al-Eryani Denounces Women in Commercials

Filed under: Civil Society, GPC, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:56 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

She is related to presidential advisor Abdulkarim al-Eryani somehow. I forget how: sister, niece something.

Information Undersecretary criticises organisations’ dealing with woman issues
Tuesday, 19-February-2008
almotamar.net – Chairwoman of Yemen Women Federation Ramziya al-Eryany on Monday called for fighting media instruments that have rendered the woman goods for promoting commercial products and criticised styling the woman’s image and dealing with her issues in a reversed manner.

Al-Eryany also demanded the media the communication of accurate information to the new generation, indicating that her call for supporting issues of the woman was governed by religious and national values and constants which cannot be violated.

During a workshop on supporting the issues of the woman in the media organized by the Yemen Women Federation and Care organisation, al-Eryany criticised the media instruments that deformed the image of the woman in Yemen and the Arab countries.

She said the Islam religion preserves the woman’s decency and honoured her and made her equal to the man and an example for all non-Muslim women.

At the same workshop the Information Undersecretary Fathiya Abdulwasie stressed the necessity of sowing the correct concepts on the woman that the media should deal with accordingly. She indicated that what concerns her ministry in this question is represented in presenting all the issues preoccupying the society via offering a balanced image of the woman out of the national and religious constants.

Ms Abdulwasie affirmed her ministry’s activation of partnership with the civil society organisations but expressed her regret that the civil society organisations did not deal in depth with the issues of the woman and in many cases are sufficing their interest in news coverage of the woman’s activities, calling in this regard fore clarity of the media message and drawing up plans for the audience and decision-makers.

BaJammal Calls Southern Protesters Apostates

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:59 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Playing the religion card, again.

Bajammal warns against apostate cultures & political corruption
Saturday, 09-February-2008
almotamar.net – The Secretary General of the General People’s Congress (GPC) Abdulqader Bajammal on Saturday warned of the danger of ideological and cultural apostasies which he described as extremely reactionary and extremely negative thought and extremely nihilistic mentalities. He said, “We face at present souls packed with rancour and envy to a destructive degree and rather reached to self- destruction,” affirming that the homeland, with all of its great meanings, is not part of calculations of these mentalities.

Mr Bajammal also warned against the danger of branch cultures that grow the same way as parasites and pointed out that there are sick mentalities promote for those cultures with all their hostility and darkness that do not see anything in life.

Addressing the opening Saturday of the training course organised by Al-Mithaq Institute for journalists of the GPC over ten days, Bajammal said the most dangerous thing for Yemen is the political, cultural corruption as well as corruption resulting from branch cultures with all their sense of promoting for regionalism, sectarianism and tribalism. He considered that the most corrupt one in this country are those possessing psychological and ideological darkness who promote for this nihilistic thought in a country endeavouring for enhancing and consolidating its national unity.

Mr Bajammal said, ” The big part in disclosing the elements of corruption lies in the Yemeni society that is founded on basis of social solidarity because without social solidarity is an element of corruption.”

The GPC Secretary General also called for encountering this destructive thought with thought based on enlightened dialect and moderate thought. He stressed that the training course should have active dialect and discussions between the political and ideological and cultural leaderships on the one hand and the GPC media leaderships on the other. He said,” If such large dialect does not take place between the political, cultural and media leaderships, we in such a case make a blocked road for the meeting of the elements of knowledge and it is absolutely not possible to present knowledge in its form however mature it were or however its correctness was responsive or presented in a good way.” He added that “We are facing great challenges and have to deal with them in a different from the previous logic because if we deal with them in that same logic we will not attain to any decision.” He said there is no more difficult decision that the GPC decision to be the leader of the society and the state and that is the most difficult of options and challenges that face “us and that should be realized by all those who undertake this responsibility.”

Bajammal also urged the media leaderships and press of the GPC to seek credibility and commitment to concepts of democracy, the freedom of expression and respect of human rights. Bajammal cited how some were sceptical of the decency of the UN Organisation that granted him recently the award of Earth Champions for 2008.

Yemen at Risk Of Imminent Political Collapse

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Yemen, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 8:02 am on Thursday, January 31, 2008

A good article by Professor Burrowes in the Yemen Times. It has an excellent explanation of the structure of the regime as a pyramid of corruption, and its conclusions are spot on: As it is currently formulated, the ruling regime will shortly bring Yemen to state failure. It needs to be reoriented or replaced.

Therefore, this is me now, US policy should not be geared toward strengthening Saleh, but at a minimum should move to weaken the current configuration with the inclusion of authentic opposition. Burrowes suggests purging the more die hard anti-reformists.

I’ve read suggestions that the way to ensure Yemen’s cooperation in the GWOT is to secure Saleh’s dominance of his current opposition. However if he is steadily leading the nation toward collapse, this is a short term, counter-productive fix, which in the long term will bring about the jihadization of Yemen. And if all the US really cares about is terrorism, its still a good idea to demand real democracy and stop pretending this diabolical regime posturing is anything close to it.

Yemen is a dictatorship. Pluralism will secure both economic growth and counter-terror cooperation. It is the only way out. Its time to say something, anything, about the Southern protests, the Sa’ada war, and the journalists on trial for treason.

Restructuring the regime

Given these salient features of Yemeni politics and the Yemeni state, it seems that the coalition of groups that comprises the regime has to be quickly reoriented, reconstituted or replaced in order to increase its will and capacity to effect the socioeconomic reforms that were so urgently needed. The goal has to be a ruling coalition more able, if only for the sake of survival, to act in terms of its enlightened self-interest. Perhaps the regime as currently constituted could not be reoriented or replaced by one means or another. If so, then regime elements resolutely opposed to the needed reforms would have to be deleted somehow from the coalition and opposition elements that are credible partners would have to be added to the regime in order to broaden its base and maintain its political viability.

It seems that if the regime was not quickly reoriented, reconstituted or replaced, then Yemen is at risk of imminent political collapse. Unable to deliver on the wants and needs of most of the people, support and legitimacy are already declining steeply. Underway for nearly a decade, this process had accelerated over the past few years. As a result, the fragile Yemeni state is already a failing state—and it risked becoming a failed state in the next several years. If the state did fail, then the country could quickly slide into anarchy (Somalia) or civil war (Lebanon). Under these circumstances, Yemen could become an arena in which transnational revolutionary Islam becomes a serious contender for power, as was the Taliban in Afghanistan beginning in 1994.

Dr. Burrowes is adjunct professor (retired) at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. He is the author of “Yemen: Political Economy and the Effort against Terrorism,” in Robert I. Rotberg, (ed.), Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press/World Peace Foundation, 2005); “The Famous Forty and Their Companions: North Yemen’s First-generation Modernists and Educational Emigrants,” The Middle East Journal (Winter 2005); Historical Dictionary of Yemen, the Scarecrow Press, Inc (September 1995); “The Other Side of the Red Sea and a Little More: The Horn of Africa and the Two Yemens,” in David A. Korn, Steven R. Dorr and Neysa M. Slater, (eds.), The Horn of Africa and Arabia (Washington, DC: Defense Academic Research Support Program, December 1990), and; The Yemen Arab Republic: The Politics of Development, 1962-1986 (Boulder, CO., 1987).

Jihadization, what a good word. I should write an article just to put that in the title.

Yemeni Al-Qaeda: First Enemy is the US

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:08 am on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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update: Memri

Al-Qaeda in Yemen information chief Ahmad Mansour has told the Yemen paper Al-Wasat that Al-Qaeda operatives are deployed across Yemen and that their number is increasing, particularly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

He said that the fighters have instructions from Osama bin Laden not to attack Yemeni government targets, and that the Yemen regime has asked the organization to fight the Houthi Shi’ite rebels. He added that the U.S. was still their No. 1. enemy, and that the jihad fighters in his organization could carry out terror operations against tourists.

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, January 31, 2008

More ADNKI

Sanaa, 31 Jan. (AKI) -Yemeni al-Qaeda cell spokesman Ahmad Mansour has said that the government asked it to fight a Shia rebel group in the North of the country, local newspaper al-Wasat reported.

“They [the government] have asked us to fight against the followers of Imam al-Houthi of Saada. In return, Yemeni security forces will ease the persecution of our members,” said Mansour.

Mansour added that al-Qaeda members are present in various locations throughout Yemen and have always had contact with the government, through Sheikhs and tribal leaders.

“Sheikh Osama bin Laden ordered us not to attack [the government] in the country and to combat only the communists, but the relationship with the government soured after the end of the war with Southern Yemen in 1994.” said the al-Qaeda militant.

Mansour added that the United States still was their number-one enemy and that attacks against tourists could be carried out.

The Yemeni government asked al-Qaeda to fight the Zaidi rebels. Therefore calling al-Qaeda a domestic paramilitary for the regime is accurate. This agreement goes back to at least 2005, like I said in…2005.

From the Empty Quarter:

Al Wasat Interview with al Qaeda Information Officer
January 29, 2008 by Trey Campbell
A new interview between al Wasat and “Ahmad Mansour,” the operational name of the ”information officer” of al Qaeda. Mansour told the paper that membership in the organization grew after the invasion of Iraq and “whenever the arrogance of the disbeliever increases.” He also says that early on Osama bin Laden instructed members not to attack the state because Yemen’s “weapons were directed toward the communists.” He says the relationship with the authority became strained in 1994 after the government reneged on their agreement. The article goes on to say that mediations with al Qaeda usually take place between sheiks sent by the state and jihadists, but that results are usually not achieved due to a lack of authority.

He goes on to say that the killing of Fawaz al Rubai and Mohammad ad Dailami occurred with the help of “American experts”…duh. And he calls on Jihadists within Yemen to resolve the differences between them Khalid Abdul Nabi and Nader al Shadadi ( an account of the disagreement within the Abyan group can be found here).

He defended the groups recent attacks against foreign tourists and affirmed the groups ability to carry out more operations in the future. Although, he says the first enemy is America.

He said that Islah is a weak party that does not like jihad, he praised Zindani, Abdul Wahab ad Dailami, Mohammad (Abdul Wahab?) al Ansi, and Sadiq, and he confirmed what many have been saying, that the Yemeni government asked al Qaeda to fight against the al Houthis in the north.

Mansour believes that Yemen security apparatuses – political security and national security – are conflicted about how to deal with terrorism, especially al Qaeda, because, in the past the policy has been containment through creating relationships – but it has turned out that new cells formed “away from the eyes” of security forces and the previously known al Qaeda members.

What is the full extent of the quid pro quo? Is it detente or symbiosis?

BaJammal Replaces Al-Barakani as Head of GPC Propaganda Department

Filed under: GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:19 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I’m going to miss al-Barakani; he did a lot of wondering.

almotamar.net: – Leasing sources at the General People’s Congress (GPC) told almotamar.net Sunday that the Sunday meeting of the General Committee of the GPC has entrusted the tasks of the Information Sector with the Secretary General Abdulqader Bajammal. The meeting also decided to transfer Sheikh Sultan al-Barakani, the Assistant Secretary General from the Information sector to the Sector of Politics and Public Relations of the GPC.

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.

No for demographical modification

Filed under: GPC, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:55 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Another intesting article in Attariq

Here is Aden :

No for demographical modification in Aden and the south

Last Sunday evening , I watched a local programme called “Ajab” (means wonder) on the Yemeni Satellite channel which deliberately spited the feeling of the hundreds of thousands of local inhabitants (citizens) here . The programme obviously submitted a political point view , though it was expected to be of scientific natural . It was just meant to pave the way to expand the demographical modification process in Aden and the Southern protestants .

An observer could simply notice that the programm’s announcer intentionally had to introduce such topic a few announcer intentionally had to introduce such topic a few days before the Fourth National conference on the Residential policy and which had already started yesterday . Monday in Sanaa , the capital , We had to take in consideration the fact that the announcer , himself , and his two guests came from the same orientation , which ,meant that their own outlooks would expectedly by alike and according to their own orientation welfare . The whole procers would be carried out by compelling an enormous number of the settlers living within the places of higher and les space in the North to migrate to the leers density places in the sought with its vast endless areas . That was the fate any observer could easily realize in spite of its uncrossed goals . The guests were , the Brothers , Abdul Malek Abdul Rahman Atuami , the counselor of the General Secretary of the National population Council and the other was Abdul Hakeem Al-Obaid , the Deputy of the Census central Apparatus . they debated the rate of the growth in population and the lack of local income resources . The solution , suggested , was by the revisal of inhabitant’s distribution . That’s really incredible !

We did understand that they meant the shift of a large number of citizens from the Northern provinces to the Southern ones , which was in fact apolitical objective ornamented an economical prospect to solve the dilemma .

No doubt , its essential goal was the demographical replacement in both Aden and the south . I, myself , heard the announcer questioning his two guests about the practical procedure to be followed to achieve such out looks . They simply replied that both the governments and the prime minister should asked to do so officially . If seemed that the decisions and the recommendations of the previously named conference would be the same . Here we have to halt and advise the prime Minster , Brother Dr. Ali Al Mujoar to study the devious proposals well , so as not to involve himself .

We all agree that the call for secession is a call for a civil war, but we similarly say that the call for such devious proposals is a call for the rival of the country , struggle and instability . We sincerely do confirm it .

Thus , I want to draw attention to that speech given by Brother Ali Abdulla Saleh , the president , here in Aden when he was asked about the percentage of southern ministers within the cabinet and the Deputy council , where he replied that those sayings were the remnants of the interceptive culture . I think , in the future , we won’t be represented , ourselves , in the local councils or the Deputy council , if that proposal in achieved and the majority goes to the Nor thorns, them . I imagine that such a proposal will profound the problem . It will drag the situation against patriotism and what preserves our own unity now. Here is Aden!
Here is Aden

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Sa’ada Update

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Saada War, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:11 pm on Thursday, January 3, 2008

Major arms dealer, Faris Manna, Saleh’s partner, in charge of the mediation committee (??!!). A big oil smuggler too and other items.

Government tried to prevent al Ghadir celebrations

Mohammed Muftah imprisoned for attending religious celebration

Nearly 100 civilians dead in military assault

Yemen Times: SA’ADA, Dec. 30 — Army units deployed at Meftah Mountain and others positioned in Marran area struck Wald Nowar village of Haidan District with mortars and tanks Friday afternoon, Sheikh Saleh Habra, Representative of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, told Yemen Times on Sunday. Up to 33 children and 54 women have been killed and dozens injured in the prolonged confrontations between military and Houthi followers.

The tribal leader noted that the most recent strikes, taking place on Friday, killed three children, including two little girls aged 6 and 11 respectively, and wounded another three children as they were playing in their village.

According to Sa’ada tribal sources, the military forces occasionally attack some areas controlled by Houthis with mortars and medium arms, without clear reasons. The sources said that security forces in the restive governorate are hunting Houthi supporters, adding that policemen kill any Houthis whom they can’t capture, despite the Houthis’ commitment to the truce announced by the government.

Regarding attempts at mediation between the government and Houthis, Sheikh Habra stated that a new mediation committee arrived in the governorate last week, with the purpose of investigating facts about violations by the army against Houthis. Such violations include assaults with heavy arms and arrest campaigns against Houthi loyalists, notably in the areas of Haidan and Sehar.

Habra confirmed to the same sources that the Qatari and Yemeni presidential committees are still tasked to resolve the Sa’ada crisis, adding that both committees were formed under a Doha agreement that ended the war between Houthi supporters and government troops in June 2007.

“People are enraged by military troops targeting children and women in their random strikes,” Habra told the Yemen Times. “You must know that the army’s targeting of women and children is not a new phenomenon; as many as 54 women and 33 children have been reportedly killed and dozens injured since the war broke out. Such behavior implies a lack of morality and values on the part of those who exercise barbaric acts against innocent women and children and randomly attack their villages and homes.”

Local sources in Sa’ada confirmed the breakdown of the fact-finding committee’s first meeting, chaired by Sheikh Fares Mohammed Mana’a, an arms dealer, who met Abdulmalik Al-Houthi on Tuesday in Matra.

The sources mentioned that Abdulmalik Al-Houthi set up a number of conditions for the newly formed committee during a lengthy speech, which he delivered before the committee members. According to Al-Houthi, the committee must be in charge of monitoring the situation and reporting any violations committed by either side. He said the new committee must not exceed the limits of its jurisdiction, taking into consideration that the previously constituted Qatari and Parliamentary committee is still doing its job, and any other committee must not replace it.

Describing Abdulmalik Al-Houthi as “a man of peace”, the sources added that the Houthi field leader harshly criticized members of the former committee over allegedly being incredulous and not fulfilling their promises.

Aidarous Al-Naqeeb, member of the former mediation committee, expressed that the committee stopped functioning before Ramadan because its members became extremely busy with other duties. Only three members remained, who could do nothing to calm the inflaming situation in Sa’ada.

In a statement to Al-Sahwa.net, Al-Naqeeb expressed his desire that the newly formed committee will succeed in its conciliation efforts and benefit from the former committee’s experiences.

Concerning the religious celebrations by the Shiite and Zaidi sects on the day of Ghadir, the occasion appeared to have a totally different color this year in the war-ravaged governorate that has come under fighting since June 2004.

Media sources said that the provincial capital of Sa’ada and all its districts witnessed unprecedented celebrations on the religious occasion Wednesday evening, featuring the use of firecrackers, firing in the air and setting fires on mountaintops, despite government fliers warning citizens against joining in the event.

One Sa’ada inhabitant attributed the excessive celebrations to citizens’ strong desire, after authorities prevented them from marking the occasion since the first Sa’ada war broke out in June 2004.

Islamic Shiite and Zaidi sects in Yemen usually mark Ghadir Day on 18 Dhu’l Hijjah (Islamic Calendar). The occasion marks the day when the prophet Mohammed supposedly authorized Ali Bin Abi Talib as ruler for the Muslims in the area of Ghadir Khumm as he was returning from his last pilgrimage before his death.

In Sana’a, a group of policemen severely beat and insulted Zaidi cleric Mohammed Muftah in front of his wife and children as he was returning from Ghadir Day celebrations organized in Bani Heshaish, northeast of Sana’a, last Thursday. The police took Muftah to a security prison, where he is presently jailed.

In a statement distributed to different media outlets, the human rights organization Change condemned the assault on the Zaidi cleric and expressed concern about such malpractices the government exercises against its citizens. It held the government accountable for any consequences of the unjustified attack, saying that such oppressive acts contravene the constitution and law that ensure citizens the right to exercise religious rituals freely.

The organization appealed to local and international civil and human rights groups and organizations to express solidarity with the victim and condemn the authorities’ arbitrary conduct.

Letter to President Saleh, National Rescue Proposal

Filed under: GPC, Interviews, Political Opposition, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 9:22 am on Friday, December 28, 2007

Dear honorable brother Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen -Sana’a

In the beginning at the outset, he was unable to confirm any Yemeni, you can deny a senior maker Yemeni unity of goals and the great dream of the Yemeni people, as entered history from the wider doors, we encourage you to go back to the date for step duties, which have become a burden to you as a president.

And our right to the blood and prevention, the collapse and destruction of the homeland that I loved to the point of passion .

The love of good for your family, and let us be frank with you to what is happening today of problems and strife and painful events that are the result of natural alliances with former friends , which have left you for all these years in power, we know well the requirements and necessities of politics, but the case today has increased the reduction and has crossed the line.

You are trying by all means to create the referee son Ahmed and this insults the Yemeni revolution and the republican system, which I was one of the revolution and supporter and we’ve said and repeated, in mind that the governance referee or any one in your family or friends can be president but only after a period of time, at least what has happened in the past in more than one country and across the world and by the real presidential elections. There is no party that covers its costs from the State Treasury without the others.

Mr. President, Yemen is a country of safety, faith and wisdom and the majority opinion which will not be a country of deception and prevarication and the violation of privacy. Our country is rich and thankful to God but what happens today only deliberate impoverishment. Hearts led to acrimony and undermine and the values of ethics and morality but what has happened to day almost turned Yemen into a jungle and turned its people into carnivores eating each other.

Mr President, Yemen’s trust and its people are in your hands. Deliver the trust to who may take care of it. We will continue to remind you as long as we live, we will remind you this deed which will be remembered and appreciated by the world . Those that only the brave will be able to overcome; you are one of them no matter what differences are between us. If you don’t accept this offer the people will decide between us by a petition of signatures. God is judging, God is judging, God is judging.

Sincerely,

Abdallah Salam Al-Hakimi
Yahya AL-Hothy
Dr. Mohammed Al-Nommani
Dr. Farook Hamza
Omar Ali
Fathi Al-Katta

List of Requests

1-Call to amend the Constitution to be a period of only two presidential term of four years each.

2-Ask President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from power saving people and to prevent the collapse and destruction of the country. For what is happening today is the result of natural alliances with former friends, which has kept all these years in power and made way for the government to save and prepare for the national presidential elections real party is not taken without other costs from the public offers of the State based on the terms of the initiative launched by the government rescue by brother Abdullah Salam Al-hakimi last October.

3-Call to end the rule of the family and to prevent the abolition of inheritance and the Republican Guard and Special Forces.

4-Call for a peaceful strike upward leading to the open site.

5-Emphasis on upholding unity Yemeni territory and its people, whether it’s Sanaa or Aden to alienate the sovereignty and independence of the homeland.

6-Call to all Yemenis opponents to return to the homeland to contribute to the building of a new Yemen and closing all files.

7-Invitation to the opposition parties not to accept any initiative that may be offered by the regime that will shortly be destructed, because of their acceptance they will be offered a lifeline.

8-Invite leaders of the army and the police and intelligence services that they are not to be suppressed against fellow claimants of the peaceful Yemeni’s that ask to reform freedom and equal citizenship.

Email: yemenaftersaleh@yahoo.com

Dear honorable Mr. Ban Ki Mun Secretary General of the United Nations New York.

We know very well that you are fully informed of the bad and deteriorating situation in the Republic of Yemen because of corruption irresponsible use of the State Department and the looting of resources and deliberate impoverishment of the people by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and members of his family and his staff.

The transformed the values of the Yemeni society and the flagrant violation of the rights of citizens and democracy, which we believed in the reunification of Yemen in 1990, and the creation of the country to bequeath his son governance and the governance transition which we will not accept and will stand in the face, whatever the sacrifices of Yemen’s republican country. As we have said before and we will repeat that we will not allow that the candidate’s son or one of his relatives for the post of President but not immediately. At least after some time has passed in more than one country in the world.

We would like to emphasize that we call on President Saleh to reinstate the document Covenant and Agreement, which was signed in 1994 in the Jordan’s capital, Amman by all political parties and organizations. Yemeni basis for comprehensive reconciliation in Yemen and equal citizenship ask you finally to inform the donors of aid to Yemen from the countries and organizations because they do not go the right way. But unfortunately has become one of the factors of corruption.

Attached to the letter is a copy of the rescue program announced in last October published in a number of Yemeni and Arab newspapers and on a list of demands.

Sincerely,

Abdallah Salam Al-Hakimi
Yahya AL-Hothy
Dr. Mohammed Al-Nommani
Dr. Farook Hamza
Omar Ali
Fathi Al-Katta

Dear honorable Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO Secretary General

The urgent appeal to you asks you to intervene and stop the rapid tampering destruction, and mutilation which affects effects in Yemen, which is considered the property of the civilization of mankind as a whole. Including ancient Sera Castle (Castle Reduced ) in the city of Aden, which dates back to the built-General 1173 during the rule of Alaopein to Yemen, where the where looting the spread of the land in the southern and eastern provinces which are without any right and in retaliation to the mountain, which lies above the castle which may disappear soon.

Sincerely,

Abdallah Salam Al-Hakimi
Yahya AL-Hothy
Dr. Mohammed Al-Nommani
Dr. Farook Hamza
Omar Ali
Fathi Al-Katta

Rescue Initiative

First: the establishment of a National Council of Wise men which consists of a number that does not increase the amount of 35 personal dignitaries and national inhabitants with concerns of the nation and its citizens, who have visions and projects to bring the country out of its crisis, wthout excluding anyone under the pretext of separatism or regionalism, racism or sectarianism, respect of this Council and in particular the following major tasks:

- Develop a national comprehensive formula which contains solutions to the conditions of the country based on a Covenant and Agreement as the only national document that achieve national consensus around the universal commitment, respected and confirmed by the Security Council resolutions on the war in 1994 and mean to the Covenant document and the agreement on rebuilding its political system and its institutional States with modernarity which turned a blind eye to things and issues which timely received them.

-Achieve wide and local government authorities and the full powers without any diminution and reaffirm the right of each province or territory or region in the election of all executives from among the sons except military affairs only with other provisions.

- Develop a formula whereby redistribution of national wealth on the basis of fairness and equality among all regions of the country.

-Formation of a national committee of wise men with the possibility of the use of Arab and international expertise for the preparation of the draft for the new constitution in line with the overall national solution formula established by the Council of Wise men and downloaded to the national debate and broad and popular approval through a referendum in lieu of the current Constitution, which has become too large of amendments in response to the personal whims and ambitions of individuals until it is no color or taste

Second: formation of a government of national saving and the National Council of Wise men of proposed names of its members and its main duties restricted as follows:

- Numbers and full preparation for the holding of local elections and parliamentary and presidential elections during the period of time does not exceed the two years including the proposed draft of a new law for elections which achieves fairness, impartiality and transparency approved by the Council of Wise men and purifies the table voters from corruption, forgery and requests supervision over local civil society organizations and international supervision to ensure full integrity Elections, impartiality and transparency in other words, the major task of the government of national salvation elections

- Develop plans which are urgent and effective steps to address the imbalances of the political, financial, administrative, judicial, economic and radical solutions to the fight against corruption genuine, and not cosmetic as it exists now and the elimination of all forms of legal transgressions of others that have occurred in the past in all areas

- National Salvation government granted full powers and authority executive powers including the transfer of executive powers enjoyed by the President to this government so that there are limited responsibilities of the President during the ceremonial functions and protocol as is the case in the parliamentary system and prevents it interfering in any way the work of the function,power and authority government of the National Salvation.

After Interview with Me, Yemen Revokes MP Hashid’s Immunity

Filed under: GPC, Interviews, Parliament, Targeting, Yemen, mentions, prisons — by Jane Novak at 10:37 am on Monday, December 10, 2007

The Yemen Times, SANA’A, Dec. 8 — Last week, the Yemeni Parliament agreed to rescind Parliament member (MP) Ahmed Saif Hashid’s immunity, claiming that Hashid paid visits to prisons and revealed illegal actions that go against the constitution, Yemeni laws and international conventions.

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Previous activities made by Hashid resulted in his arrest in the political security prison, followed by imprisonment under the Immigration and Passports Authority. Hashid’s chauffeur was also killed in the street, with his camera and cell phone confiscated. Referring to these incidents, Hashid asked, “What kind of immunity are they talking about?”

Many MPs affiliated with the ruling party (GPC) demanded last week to rescind Hashid’s immunity. The parliament agreed to do so. Hashid considered the revoking of his immunity by Parliament an action targeting him and his human rights activities.

Jane Novak, an American researcher, interviewed Hashid, addressing issues related to human rights, freedom, prisons, and inmates in Yemen. The interview was downloaded onto many news websites, enraging a lot of people.

You would think Parliament would be enraged by the torture of Yemeni children in jail, not by the guy who is trying to save them.

The Banned in Yemen tee shirts say “Ali Saleh is Afraid of a Blog”, but really they are afraid of the truth.

Take a look at the category, Prisons. The offending interview is there, as well as a lot of other reports.

Yemeni Property Owners Demand Compensation for Losses

Filed under: GPC, Interviews, South Yemen, Yemen, land disputes — by Jane Novak at 6:14 am on Sunday, December 9, 2007

Aden’s landowners demonstrated at the offices of Aden’s governor on Saturday demanding past due compensation for their buildings destroyed last year on the governor’s orders.

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The landowners from the Dar-Saad district held their protest at the offices of Governor Mohammed Ahmed al-Kahlani. The demonstrators urged the governorate’s leadership to execute the Council of Parliament’s recommendations issued August 14, 2007 and the Yemeni ministers’ council decision no. 264 also issued in August 2007.

The Economic Military Corporation and local council destroyed the landowners’ construction, buildings and factories on Nov. 30, 2006 on Governor al-Kahlani’s orders. The recommendation of the Council of Parliament directed the governor to compensate all persons who suffered property damage or lost their assets, including all those able to produce documentation proving ownership of the land.

In a follow-up, AOL will publish the list of the 26 “influential persons” who re-sold the confiscated lands to the current owners.

Illegal Fees for Civil Service Job Applications

Filed under: Corruption, Employment, GPC, Ministries, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:22 pm on Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Yemen Observer

IBB – A number of candidates for jobs in the Ibb health bureau claim to have been blackmailed by officials after submitting their CV’s and other files for the purpose of employment.

The total number of the candidates to be taken on by the office this year is 239. They say they were asked to pay YR 5,000 for each file. The candidates complained about the blackmail to the governor of the province, Ali bin Ali al-Qaissi, last Monday 25th November. The governor has formed a committee to look into the accusations

The committee found officials guilty while they were receiving the files of the candidates last Monday. The committee also received hundreds of complaints from new job seekers against the office of the civil service in the governorate. They accused the civil service of tampering with their dossiers.

GPC Discusses All Ammendments Except Woman’s Quota

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Reform, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:18 pm on Wednesday, December 5, 2007

All talk no action.

al-Motamar

Draft constitutional amendments will be ready after Eid: al-Barakani
Wednesday, 05-December-2007
almotamar.net – The Assistant Secretary General of the General People’s Congress (GPC) Sultan al-Barakani confirmed Wednesday that the committee entrusted with drafting the constitutional amendments would finish its work in the next days, saying “the draft will be ready in its final form after holidays of Eid al-Adha.” (Read on …)

Nation wide protests

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Corruption, GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:55 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wow. From Saada to Aden and lots of places in between

Yemen Times

TAIZ, Dec. 2 — Official and popular celebrations on the 40th anniversary of National Independence Day, which took place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, were accompanied by angry and hostile demonstrations against the authority in several Yemeni governorates, notably in Taiz, which hosted the biggest rally. Aden, Lahj, Al-Dhale’, Abyan, Sana’a and Ibb were other governorates that witnessed enraged protests against the government.

Securities can’t prevent the marches

Security authorities failed to prevent citizens from joining the demonstrations, although they closed all outlets to Taiz and opened fire on some people while they were trying to enter the city via entrances other than those containing checkpoints. Three citizens were injured badly in the process. (Read on …)

Saleh calls for exiles to return as security beats citizens

Filed under: Civil Unrest, GPC, Other Countries, Political Opposition, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:49 pm on Friday, November 30, 2007

If the people already inside Yemen were given an opportunity to express their political rights without retribution, then maybe people from abroad would return. But transfering teachers who demonstrate and charging al-Khaiwani with terrorism for *writing* and deploying tear gas against demonstrators in Aden really doesn’t give a good impression of the freedom to be politically active. Political passivism is encouraged and political activism punished. While Saleh was giving this speech about pluralism, citizens traveling to the demostration in Aden were beaten and one was killed. The speech also contains a thinly veil to anyone not

President calls on politicians abroad to return home

[29 November 2007]

ADEN, Nov. 29 (Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Yemeni politicians abroad to return home, especially those who has not abused the people and the country, and to take part in the
political action in Yemen.

During a speech delivered in a big carnival held Thursday in the 22nd May Stadium in Aden on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Independence Day on November 30, President Saleh said that politicians have the right to practice political action but without prejudicing to the unification of the country, excluding “those who did so, their files are still open”. He also rejected all kinds of
violence and conspiracies. (Read on …)

1.5 Trillion 2008 Budget Approved

Filed under: Donors, UN, Economic, GPC, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:16 am on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wow

Military expenditures are a line item usually. But its illegal to report on the military anyway. I’d like to see a break down and what’s allocated to healthcare.

al-Sahwa
JMP refuses, ruling party’s majority approves 1.5 trillion as 2008 budget

November 27, 2007- Opposition and the independents blocs has declared its refusal to 2008 budget, saying that this ostensible budget does never reflects real incomes nor real expenditures and that it is full of falsities and negatives.

They further affirmed that the budget is unable to present the basic requirements for citizens, holding, in the mean time, the ruling party and its majority responsible for such illusory budgets.

The opposition parliamentary blocs further revealed clear fallacies in public incomes, explaining that the government estimated the oil barrels $ 55 while its real price is $ 90.

More on the budget, Yemen Observer:

Capital expenditure looks set to rise to 24.2 percent of total expenditures in the proposed 2008 budget, compared to 18.5% in the current year. This increase should encourage economic growth and create job opportunities.

Last week Parliament formed a special committee to study the financial statement of 2008 budget. The committee asked why the government spends so much on current expenditure, which had a negative impact on development.

Dr. Abdul Karem al-Arhabi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, said that current expenditure is mostly goes on the army Furthermore, the government has pledged to raise civil servants’ salaries by 20 percent on average this year. A further expense is the increase in grants to local authorities, as part of the decentralization package. (Read on …)

Taiz Teachers Transfered for Protesting

Filed under: Civil Rights, Education, GPC, Ministries, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:02 am on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just like after the elections, punitive measures follow the expression of civil rights, demonstrating that the state bureaucracies, which should be apolitical, are rather an arm of the ruling party.

Al-Sahwa: November 26, 2007 – National Committee for Rights and Freedoms (HOOD) denounced transfer of 20 teachers from their schools in the wake of their participation in a protest held in Taiz province.

HOOD’s member, Twafiq al-Shoaibi, said that such arbitraries are illegal and lawless, aiming to deprive those teachers from their rights.

Hadramout Teachers Rep Fired by University Head

HADRAMOUT, Nov. 18 — Teaching staff at Hadramout University of Science and Technology have begun raising warnings, demanding the university administration meet their demands, which include applying the Law of Yemeni Universities at their university. They further demand administrative and academic reforms at the university.

The problem began Aug. 29 when the administrative board of the university’s teaching staff syndicate released a statement claiming 16 rights and demands by teaching staff. However, university Rector Ahmad Omar Bamashmous did not respond to their demands.

After their statement’s release, the teaching staff syndicate said it would escalate the situation through a partial strike. This dissatisfied Bamashmous, who considered such action an assault against the university.

Moreover, the protestors say their demands are not about money; rather, they simply demand reforming the academic and administrative board.

In an effort to resolve the problem, Bamashmous accused the syndicate of escalating the political situation in that region, alleging that they are related to protestors in Yemen’s southern governorates.

The problem worsened when Bamashmous called for the university council meeting, at which he removed the syndicate’s legally-elected representative.

However, the syndicate claimed the meeting was illegitimate, demanding the meeting’s minutes be cancelled. Despite the intervention of the governor, Bamashmous refused to meet the syndicate’s demands, for which the syndicate threatens to escalate the situation they remain unmet.

Akosh Resigns from Shoura Council

Filed under: GPC, Ministries, Parliament, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:21 pm on Friday, November 23, 2007

Al-Sahwa
November 22, 2007 – General People’s congress’s senior leader, Mohammad Akosh resigned last week from the ruling party, saying that GPC has not made any achievements. He further explained in an interview with Alsahwa weekly newspaper that GPC is not an orderly party and that it is just the president’s party.

“I found myself wasting time in GPC, and only what the president desires is achieved.” added he.

Moreover, Akosh demanded to comprehensively reform the political regime, considering current popular moves in several Yemeni provinces as a natural result of tensions in all Yemen, not only in the southern governorates.

“Citizens are suffering from soaring prices, unemployment and the widespread corruption.”said he .

He also warned of ominous future if wise people in Yemen could not address problems and resort to dialogue.

almotamar.net – An official source at the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s General Secretariat commented that resignation Mohammed Salem Akoush by saying, ” The GPC refuses among its ranks hypocrites who by their membership of the GPC want to practice corruption and political extortion enveloped with regionalism or tribalism or self-interest.

The source said the GPC would not be cover for them, considering the resignation of Akoush does not mean anything and the GPC is conducting the process of purging of those infiltrators and hypocrites who violate the GPC’s rules of procedure and its political programmes.

Al-Shawa:

November 17, 2007- The member of the permanent committee of the ruling General People Congress party and Shoura Council, Mohammad Akosh, affirmed Saturday its resignation from the permanent committee.

He said that GPC has not made any achievements and people waited much, but it has not done anything.

Sheik Loots Village, Sets It Ablaze

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:15 pm on Friday, November 23, 2007

YT:
TAIZ, Nov. 18 — The National Authority for Defending Rights and Freedoms (HOOD) condemned the attack launched by Sheikh Jameel Al-Dhabab followers, who it claims set fires, looted and destroyed four houses belonging to locals of Al-Qubah villages.

HOOD denounced such outrageous acts, claiming in its press release that they “violate the principles and values of our religion and humanity,” and adding, “Such unjustifiable actions indicate the narrow-mindedness of these violators and their contemptible views upon others. They look down upon others as if they are the lords and the others are their slaves. This view has declined over time; however, such acts taking place in some hamlets and isolated areas show us that this narrow-minded mentality still exists.”

Shortly after receiving a complaint made by the victims, HOOD immediately reported the act to the Saber prosecution office.

The Yemen Times interviewed Abdul-Sallam M. Sultan, who said that one of the sheikhs’ sons attacked a woman living in a house in his village, located west of Taiz. According to the witness, the sheikh bit the woman, for unclear reasons. The village’s locals rescued her and evicted the attacker. As a result, the attacker brought a large group of people to attack village locals.

An ensuing firefight took place between the two sides, leading to the murder of one of the sheikh’s followers. Then, the locals surrounded criminal investigation officials. The sheik’s group attacked the village again when women and children were alone, looting, destroying and setting fire to houses.

HOOD, as well as relatives of the victims, requested the president and Attorney General to arrest the perpetrators and present them before justice.

24 of 94 Officials Submitted Property Statements

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:14 pm on Friday, November 23, 2007

almotamar.net – The number of Yemeni cabinet, misters who have so far delivered statements on their property to the Supreme National Anti-Corruption Authority (SNACA) has amounted to 24 ministers out of 94 government officials included by the law. Among the government officials are undersecretaries and directors general at different government institutions. Submissions of those statements began since the beginning of last October in implementation of the law requesting senior government officials to provide statements on their property which was adopted by the Yemeni parliament the mid of July 2006.

The head of the property statements at the SNACA Mohammed Hamoud al-Matari has made it clear to almotamar.net that the Minister of Electricity & Energy Dr Mustafa Bahran has presented to the SNACA his property statement on Tuesday and before him on the same day was the Minister of State for the cabinet and parliament affairs Dr Adnan al-Jifri.

This legal measure that includes the Yemeni ministers for the first time comes in implementation of the law on statement of property and articles of the president of the republic’s electoral platform with regard to fighting corruption and part of the reforms aimed to improve the administrative performance and combating corruption in Yemen.

The law obliges those included to present statements on their property before their assuming of their posts so that the SNACA would be able to hold them accountable after that for any sums of money or property they have acquired during their posts in illegal ways.

Officials counterfeiting formal documents

Filed under: Corruption, Counter-terror, GPC, Reform, Yemen, counterfeiting — by Jane Novak at 1:12 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Shocker!

Al-Sahwa

November 20, 2007 -The Central Organization for Control and Auditing has referred in the end of October some officials in Haja province to the general prosecution in order to investigate them in the wake of issuing accusations against them by the local authorities.

The head of COCA revealed corruption cases and financial breaches totaled YR 34 million in 2003.

It explained that the officials are involved in seizing of public money, counterfeiting formal documents and other financial and administrative breaches.

COCA asked in its document to the Attorney-General to hold all the involved officials accountable.

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.

Quota Proposal

Filed under: GPC, Reform, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:47 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

An excellent and practical analysis.

News Yemen

Some political parties in Yemen have shown in previous elections that they will not voluntarily increase women participation as candidates.
Why?
Because political parties are dominated by men and because no one likes to give up power.
But also because women in the parties have not been able to convince the leadership that it is smart or beneficial to nominate women, or that parties can win with women candidates.
So before talking about a legal regulation, I would like to emphasize that whether or not a quota is implemented, it remains part of the task of women within political parties to show their party leadership the importance and value of having women representing the party as candidates and party leaders.
Including women should not be thought of as a moral imperative. Because the reality is that political parties just want one thing: to win elections. So women need to convince the men that it is strategic to include women because parties can win more votes by doing so. (Read on …)

Yemen Censors Internet Access After al-Badawi Release

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Civil Rights, GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:53 am on Saturday, October 27, 2007

They re-blocked my website, other news sites and are denying access to all the proxie sites.

Link dump: Indictment of al-Badawi

Pensioners Claims 96% Resolved: Saleh

Filed under: Employment, GPC, Military, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:34 am on Thursday, October 25, 2007

Over 100,000 retired, 7000 reinstated. The issues go much deeper than just the jobs, the military and even the south.

Yemen Observer

Saleh says 96 percent of all problems solved for of retirees

President Saleh said that he has solved 96 percent of civilian and military pensioners’ problems in all governorates.

The statements were made during a meeting with representatives of civilian and military pensioners at the beginning of this week. Reports indicate that 96 percent of cases have been solved to date and that the remaining 4 percent of cases are pending completion.

The completion includes the return to military service and the restoration of all deserved rights.

The president directed the Ministries of Defense and Interior and the Central System of the Political Security to solve the remaining cases no later than the 15th of November. (Read on …)

NDI

Filed under: Elections, GPC, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:58 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2007

SANA’A, NewsYemen

The US National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) has advised Yemeni ruling and opposition parties to “limit illegal acts of their leaders and supporters on the local level”.

The NDI has warned that the disability to apply the new election system, due to political wrangling, does not only threaten the coming election practices, but it may negatively influence the trust between Yemeni people and the election system and bodies to be elected, presidential or parliamentary or local.

This trust is important to legalize elections, said the American institute.
It has urged in its latest report on elections the Yemeni political elites to “seriously discuss ways of applying current election-related laws and bylaws before and during elections and spotting shortcomings in the election system to avoid them in future.”

The NDI’s remarks have focused particularly on parliamentary elections in 2009. It has said the elections would be the most important elections in Yemen because a real political contest is expected to be unprecedented event in Yemen, it said.

The institute has hailed the latest performance of Yemeni Parliament towards different issues and efforts of Yemeni civil society organizations and women to find a place in the decision-making posts.

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide.

NDI’s bureau in Yemen was for 12 years a key partner of Yemen in the democratic development as it works through different programs of developing the performance of political parties, enhancing the role of parliament, supporting elections and settling conflicts. It is generously funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Political Leaders Charged with Protesters Deaths

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, YSP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:10 am on Saturday, October 20, 2007

This is outragous. The security forces shot into a crowd and the authorities are charging the poliitcal opposition with the deaths. It doesn’t even make sense.

26 Sept
SANA’A (26sep.net)–A source in Radfan’s local authority has charged band over blood-shed which took place yesterday in Radfan district, as he mentioned their names as follow: Ali Mohamed, member of the Political Bureau of the Socialist Party, ALi Ubad Muqbel, former Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, D. Saif Samel, Assistant Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Nasser al Khabjee parliamentarian, lawyer Badr Basanad, D. Abdo Almattri and Fadi Saadi Baom.

They are responsible for the innocent blood spilled yesterday in Radfan, resulted in three dead and 12 injured citizens, the source said

The source added in a statement to “26sep.net” this band led innocent citizens wrongly.

Al-Iryani, Former Prime Mininster and Presidential Advisor, A Thief?

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:23 am on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Six mil, peanuts.

It shows the power of the press in holding government to account. However, there is no independent law enforcement agency to investigate the charges, and there is no independent court to try the case.

From the Empty Quarter:

The Marib Press is running a piece by their favorite correspondent-at-large Munir al Mawri claiming that the former Prime Minister, Advisor to the President and GPC bigshot Abdul Karim al Iryani has been doing naughty stuff with the peoples’ money.

Al Mawri is also the reporter that brought attention to the Nuclear deal with Powered Corp and its executive Jalal Alghani. This guy has obviously made a name for himself as a corruption buster, as someone with access on the inside of the party has emailed him the documents for this one.

In the article, al Mawri says he has documentation, going back three years, which shows the that the good Dr. has been embezzling funds and writing a number of hot checks without the available funds…to the tune of 1.25 billion rials (about US $6.3 million). He claims that al Iryani has embezzled large amounts of money from loans taken out for government and party projects – specifically, sums sent to a “Future Press -Beirut.” It is also claimed the al Irayani was involved in embezzlement during the latest campaign of President Saleh.

Update: Al-Mithaq sues for liable: Director General of Al-Mithaq Adel Mohammed Qaed said the slander campaign against the Al-Mithaq Establishment is an attempt paid for aimed at hindering its work with the aim of deformation and offence.

Conspiracies are the Root of Civil Unrest

Filed under: GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:51 am on Monday, October 15, 2007

The govermental media blames the opposition for popular discontent.

YT: al-Mithaq

Economists and businessmen: Opposition instigates rioting to hinder investment

In a front page article, the ruling party’s mouthpiece quoted economists and businessmen as saying that Joint Meeting Parties push their members to join riots with the aim of hindering investment in Yemen’s southern and eastern governorates. By fomenting the rioting, the opposition parties also attempt to hinder service projects. According to the newspaper, economists and businessmen added that the opposition’s support for the vandalistic acts that violate law and order is part of a conspiracy aimed at impeding the implementation of development and service projects, which the government is currently undertaking.

The economists and businessmen accused the opposition of disgusting local, Arab and foreign investors, who have plans to initiate investment projects in the country. By this behavior, the opposition machinates to deprive our country of such projects that may help reduce unemployment and create more job opportunities for youth.

No Unauthorized Demonstrations

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:32 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2007

The big demo is on October 14.

The regime’s position that peaceful sit-ins require pre-authorization is unconstitutional.

AFP

SANAA (AFP) — Yemen’s interior ministry has warned political parties and professional associations against staging unauthorised demonstrations, the official Saba news agency reported Saturday.

Anyone who violates this rule “will have to take the consequences,” it said.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against rising prices in one of the world’s poorest countries and to press for better public services.

The protests have been orchestrated by opposition parties, including the Al-Islah (Reform) Party, the main Islamist opposition party, and the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), which ruled the former south Yemen.

Two people were killed and 18 wounded on September 10 when security forces clashed with protesters in the southern town of Dhaleh.

Some of the demonstrators were former soldiers, who complained they had been forced into early retirement after Yemen’s 1994 civil war, which was sparked by a southern secession bid.

A human rights group said one person was killed and nine were wounded on September 1 after similar protests in the southern city of Al-Mukalla triggered clashes with police.

Lawsuit Against Official Paper Countered

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Media, Religious, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:07 pm on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Yemen Observer:

Samir Rashad al-Yousefi, Editor-in-Chief of the al-Jomhoria newspaper has called for the prosecution of the opposition Islah Party for abandoning Islamic values, which call for unity, brotherhood, and non-discrimination.

Al-Yousefi’s comments come after Islah declared it would start legal proceedings against him and his newspaper after he wrote an opinion article under the title of the Separaist Pretext of Islah in which he said that the main aim of the Islah is to gain power, even if allied with the devil, at the expense of any religious principles or values, whether religious or secular.

“What I wrote in the article is just my viewpoint and Islah should accept that in the context of freedom of opinion and not resort to the courts,” al-Yousefi said. (Read on …)

Military and Security forces not partisan regime claims

Filed under: GPC, Military, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:35 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

How totally absurd when every branch is headed by a close personal relative of President Saleh

Security:

Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, Special Forces and Republican Guards Commander, is the eldest Son of Saleh

Yahya Mohamed Abdullah Saleh, Commander Of Security Central Forces, is Saleh’s nephew.

Colonel Tareq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, Commander of the Special Guards, nephew

Colonel Amar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh , Chairman of the National Security Organisation, nephew

Military:

Brigadier General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, commander of the north western military zone, is the cousin of President Saleh.

Brigadier General Mohamed Saleh Al-Ahmar, commander of the Air Force, is President Saleh’s half brother.

Colonel Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, commander of the Republican Guards and commander of the Special Forces, is the son of Saleh.

Brigadier General Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, chief of staff of the general command is the half brother of President Saleh.

Brigadier General Mehdi Makwala, commander of the southern military zone, is from Saleh’s village, Sanhan, as is Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Mohsen, Commander of the Eastern Military Zone.

Who heads the Air Force?

Nepotism in the leadership of the military and security forces is perhaps the most destabilizing factor in Yemen bacause they are partisan and have little command and control.

Abdulmalik al-Fohidy Almotamar.net – Statements and stands of the parties of the Joint Meeting (JMP) and their leaderships towards the military and security establishment arouse fears of the political vision those parties bear for this national establishment.

Fears increase alongside with escalation of hostile campaign the JMP launch against this establishment, a campaign which began even before the presidential and local elections held in Yemen last year and has been highly escalated in the recent months.

The JMP hostile stances towards the military and security establishment reached an extent that it leaderships decline from attending military and security activities as happened last week when they did not attend a graduation ceremony batches from the military academy. They have taken that stance despite the fact that the law prohibits party action inside the military and security establishment as well as statements and stands of the political leadership that repeatedly affirm that the military and security establishment is the homeland party. (Read on …)

Bajammal Threatens to Provoke Civil War

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Military, Proliferation, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:22 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2007

Will re-arm the citizenry and turn them against each other, oh my, what a brilliant plan.

Yahoo News

A senior Yemeni lawmaker reportedly said he was ready to reverse recent anti-gun legislation and arm people to combat secesionists demanding the separation of north and south Yemen.

Head of the ruling General People’s Congress party Abdel Kader Bajammal, who is also a former Yemeni prime minister, told the Emirati paper Al-Khaleej:

“I will arm the people to face them (secesionists). For the sake of the state and its unity we will re-introduce weapons to confront those corrupt people.” (Read on …)

GPC should relinquish power

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:32 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

al-Sahwa
September 11, 2007-09-11- Al-azab, senior leader of the main opposition party, the Islah, said that the ruling party must relinquish power, stressing that its return to power would be a catastrophe.

He called for holding early parliamentary and presidential elections, expressing surprise at the ruling party’s calls regarding handover power to the opposition.

“It fought bitterly and puttered public money in the last elections in order to monopolize power” he said emphasizing that those calls unrealistic.

He further demanded the ruling party to stop repressing peaceful protests and sit-ins, stressing that they are in accordance with the state constitution and laws.

Also call for early elections

Al-Sahwa

September 8, 2007- The Member of Parliament, Abdul-Karim Shaiban, called upon the ruling General People Conference party to abandon power and hold early elections, accusing it of failing in managing the state’s economy.

“The current Yemeni government has no strategies, policies” he accused the government after commodities prices extremely soared.

“The government could not keep stability of wheat prices without having clear strategies; it does not know how wheat much Yemen needs? If you ask the Commerce and Industry ministry the last question, indeed, it can’t indeed answer” added Shaiban.

He further said that the government could not control prices when some officials are the merchants themselves.

Regime Rhetoric Heats Up

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:19 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The regime has a predictable pattern in responding to civil unrest: blaming the opposition and foreign forces, increasing violence and judicial repression, a hostile media campaign, avoiding addressing the issue honesty, rejecting any responsibility or any acknowledgment of legitimacy of popular grievences.

almotamar.net – The secretary general of the General People’s Congress (GPC) Abdulqader Bajammal has said the Yemeni unity is not just red line but a line drawn with blood too, emphasizing this is an essential issue. He said,” The GPC members will fight in the streets in defence of it (the unity)”.Bajammal added,” I hope if others can understand that who plays with fire he will get burnt with it.”

The GPC secretary general warned the Yemeni socialist Party (YSP) not to fall in the trap in which the Irish army had fallen. He criticised the role of YSP in supporting demonstrations and sit-ins that took place in a number of southern and eastern governorates and changing them from demands for rights of the retired into acts of riots and calls and slogans hostile to the national unity and social peace. (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 …)

University Students Demand: Get Soldiers Off Campus

Filed under: Education, GPC, Islah, Military, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:22 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yemen Times SANA’A, Sept. 9 – In a statement to Yemen Times, the head of the Islah Party at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, Belal Al-Nehari demanded civil guards for the university instead of the military ones.

Al-Nehari accused the military guards at the university of attacking students in the University yard while they were defending their rights in registering at the University peacefully. He, also, refuted the accusation of the GPC head Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi at the Faculty that the students shot fires towards the military guards. “We absolutely refuted the accusation of Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi that we shot fires towards the soldiers or even used sticks against them. we are sorry that the ruling party defends the crimes of security soldiers. Therefore, we ask for civil guards fit the message that the University presents.” Al-Nehari said.

This deny comes as a reply to the statement released by Al-Sayaghi in Yemen Times on the August 19th in which he accused the Islahi students at the University of shooting fires towards the soldiers and spread riot at the University yard.

Sana’a University witnessed riot and strong clashes between new students and security soldiers during the enroll period in the middle of August. The clashed lead to injuring the student Ameen Al-Shubati on head when one of the soldiers beat him by the back of his pistol. The security administration at Sana’a University refused to give information about the reaction of the administration towards the incident or about the number of the security soldiers at the University.

The Sana’a University witnessed clashes between the Students of GPC and Islah in 2005 during the elections of the General Union of the Yemeni Students. The head of GPC Abdulmaleq Al-Sayaghi stated that the Islahi students by this demand just wants to attract the sympathy of the new students in order to attract them to the Islah party . Al-Sayaghi added that the Islahi students want to get rid of the military security because they can’t attack them since it is a crime according to the law while it is easier for them to attck the civil guards and to spread riot in the University. “ the one who doesn’t want security, is the one who wants mass.” Al-Sayaghi stated.

Al-Sayaghi stated that the law prevents any political activities in the worship places and the public places such as the University.

Chanting = Treason, Supreme Security Committee

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Judicial, Political Opposition, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:20 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

update: 20 protesters to be tried for treason

they must have been chanting slogans

Yemen Observer

About 20 Yemenis from Aden and Mukalla will be put on trial for treason soon after two were killed and dozens injured in the recent riots in southern provinces, official sources said on Thursday.

“Investigations into about 20 people, who were have been arrested during the last few days over the riots that occurred in Aden and Mukalla, are complete, and they will be referred to the courts very soon,” said an unidentified source in the Ministry of Defense.

Earlier in the week, the country’s highest security committee said it would charge “any individual or organization calling for separation” with high treason. Some of the demonstrators in Aden and Mukalla chanted slogans against the unification of North and South Yemen.

“Any political party, group or individual repeating slogans against national unity or calling for the division of the nation will be put on trial for high treason according to the constitution and the laws currently in force,” said a statement issued by the Supreme Security Committee. (Read on …)

Saleh: Military, Security Institutions Not Partisan

Filed under: GPC, Military, Presidency, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:18 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

How does he say this stuff with a straight face?

26sep.net

SANA’A.(26sep.net)- HE President Saleh said that “the military and security institution is non-partisan but the party of all nation which defends constitutional legality and the security and stability of the homeland. It pursues all terrorist elements in various forms and colors, whoever they are both in the backward retroactive framework or under the other names. ”

“This institution will face heroically all kinds of conspiracies and we congratulate our Yemeni people on this brave institution and I want to note that the restoration of activating the National Defense Service Law is not because we need to the army, we are a peaceful state and we have no problems with anyone and the small bubbles here or there end by other means,” he added.

HE President Saleh along with Vice President, Abdurabu Mansour Hadi have witnessed in the framework of celebrations of the Yemeni revolutions, the graduation ceremony of a number of new batches of the military and security colleges and institutes from military academy, Police College, Faculty of aviation, air defense and Technical Institute of Air Force and Air Defense and the graduates of the School of Interior police.

Protests Legitimate, Riots Not: Parlimentary Chair for Security

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Parliament, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:42 am on Monday, September 10, 2007

That’s true.

I agree with this assessment except for the chanting. There’s people all over the US chaniting against Bush, so chanting against Saleh doesn’t seem even slightly odd.

But its interesting that this guy, whoever he is, is disputing the statements of the security officials that protests in Aden and other places around the former PDRY are illegal. And clearly they are not according to the Yemeni constitution and common sense. Public protests are a basic civil right and mechanism of participation in the political system.

almotamar.net – Chairman of the parliamentary committee of defence and security general Yahya al-Haweri affirmed Sunday that protests carried out in the framework of democracy, pluralism, the constitution and the laws, whether they were unprompted or organised by any party are legitimate. But, he added, it is refused that during such activities to carry out riot acts, sabotage, blocking roads and chanting slogans against the national constants. He said, “This is a matter disagreeing with the homeland interest and the state has the right to and the duty to use its legal powers to preserve stability and the national interest.”

On the question of the retired al-Haweri said ,” We are with them and with their demands for rights,” reminding that the parliamentary committee of defence and security studied their subject and prepared detailed report in which it urged the concerned authorities in the government to tackle their cases and settle their dues.

He said the government worked on solving their problems and republican decrees were issued for promoting military ranks and forming government committees to receive grievances in various governorates. The committees considered tens of thousands of those complaints and solved them in line with the president’s directives.

In an interview with almotamar.net al-Haweri affirmed that what happened is that there are parties seeking to take advantage of the democratic space and sentiments of the retired respecting the issues related to their rights to deviate them to serve external sides. He advised those who are after foreign agendas to search for themselves roles far from impinging upon the unity.

Mukalla Protests

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:30 am on Friday, September 7, 2007

IHT

SAN’A, Yemen: Riot police fired bullets, unleashed tear gas and water cannons Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters demanding the release of more than 200 disaffected southern Yemeni veterans and their sympathizers detained in daily protests this month, a police official said.

Tuesday’s demonstrations took place in several cities in Yemen’s southern province of Hadramawt, with protests burning tires and carrying red and black banners in a sign of mourning over the death of two demonstrators reported killed by security forces in similar protest Sunday.

No one was reported killed during the protests Tuesday.

The government deployed hundreds of riot police and sealed off several roads in the city of al-Mukalla, 560 kilometers (350 miles) southeast of the capital, San’a, where the biggest protest was held, said the police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. (Read on …)

YSP Leader “Seized”, Journalist Kidnapped

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Media, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:53 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Al-Sahwa:

September 3, 2007-Gunmen kidnapped Monday the Yemeni writer and journalist Ahmed Bin Frid .

Meanwhile, a source of Retiree Coordination Council accused the security authorities of snatching Bin Frid because he used to support former retired soldiers in his articles.

On the other hand, members of Political Security apparatus raided the house of the retired general and the head of RCC, Nasser al-Nowba and took him to unknown place.

Moreover, the senior leader of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Ali Monasar was seized in Aden while he was heading to Lahj province to prepare to a meeting between YSP former members .

Ambassadors

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Ministries, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:50 pm on Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Faisel Abu Rais is the GPC Member of Parliament who resigned in 2006, I think it was, protesting corruption. Now he’s the Ambassador to Lebanon:

almotamar.net – Ali Hamid Sharaf and Mansour Ahmed Saif have on Wednesday taken constitutional oath before President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the occasion of their appointment members of the Shoura Council.

Taking constitutional oath also before the president on Wednesday on their appointment as ambassadors were Faisal Amin Abu Ras, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Yemen to Lebanon, Dr Ali Mansour Bin Saffaa, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Bahrain, Dr Khalid Rajih Sheikh, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Kuwait, and Abdulrahman Khamis Ubaid, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the sultanate of Oman. (Read on …)

Reshuffles

Filed under: GPC, Local gov, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:53 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Governors, not that the people can elect them.

Al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – A presidential decree issued Wednesday stipulated the appointment of the following personalities as governors of some Yemeni governorates;

Sadiq Amin Abu Ras governor of Taiz, Ahmed Abdullah al-Hajri governor of Hudeidah, Farid Ahmed Mujawar governor of Hajah, Mohammed Abdullah al-Harazi governor of Al-Mahara, Ali Mohammed al-Maqdashi governor of Sana’a, Faisal Yahya al-Qawsi governor of Al-Jawf, Mohammed Ahmed al-Ansi governor of Al-Dhalie and Mohammed Ali al-Rowaishan governor of Shabwa.

A second presidential decree issued on the same day on appointing the following personalities as deputy governors:
Mohammed Hussein al-Dahbali deputy governor of Abyan, Saleh Ahmed Saleh al-Shaeri deputy governor of Taiz, Hussein Mohammed Qahtan Diyan deputy governor of Al-Baidhaa, Yahya Abdullah al-Shaef deputy governor of Thamar Akram Mohammed

Shura Council

Almotamar.net – A presidential decree issued on Wednesday stipulated the appointment of the following personalities as members of the Shoura Council:

Abdeh Ai Qubati, Ali Hamid Sharaf, Khalid Abdullah al-Rowaishan, Abdulwahid al-Bakhiti, Abdulwahid al-Rabeeie, Mansour Ahmed Saif, Naji Ali al-Dhalimi, Salem Abdullah Naimar and Mohammed Hussein Ashaaal.

MP’s Beaten by Central Security

Filed under: GPC, Ministries, Parliament, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, poverty/ hunger — by Jane Novak at 7:41 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Al-Sahwa

September 4, 2007- The members of parliament, Ensaf Mayo and Mohammad al-Qubati, have claimed the Speaker of Parliament, Sheikh Abdulah al-Ahmer to immediately investigate military orders of violating them.

They accused the Central Security Commander, Colonel Hamoud al-Harthi, of ordering officials and soldiers of CS to assault them without any consideration to their parliamentary immunity.

They explained in a letter sent to the Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday that the so-called al-Harthi incited CS soldiers against them, accusing them of secessionism.

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 …)

Some GPC Members Address Issues

Filed under: GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:36 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

A breakthrough, a good one.

SANA’A, NewsYemen

The ruling party, the General People’s Congress party, concluded Sunday afternoon the second round of its general assembly with first-ever hot debates and frankness.

Some members of the GPC talked for the first time about worries and problems of people in many places of the country: shortage of foods, electricity and water, unemployment, issue of retired, situations of Yemeni students abroad and bad behaviors of some security personnel which a member of GPC described in his presentation as “worse than food shortage”.

Member of GPC al-Fadhily said the protests occurred in some governorates were not supported by opposition parties “but people willingly got out to streets to complain some bad situations”. (Read on …)

GPC Trashes YSP at Conference

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:09 pm on Sunday, August 26, 2007

The GPC warns of what is happening under umbrella of the JMP
Sunday, 26-August-2007
Almotamar.net – The main permanent committee of the General People’s Congress (GPC) has expressed its much regret for those languid and irresponsible stances adopted by some of the political action partners regarding some issues fabricated by some parties or individuals or groups with the aim of their attempt to impinge upon national constants or the endeavour to create a state of chaos and confusion to impede the march of development and construction and inflicting damage to the unity.

The permanent committee also warned against what is happening under the umbrella of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) in violation of the absolute national constants, calling on the opposition to comprehend that opposition is required and acceptable in the framework of the constants, the republic, the unity, the ideology and constitutional legitimacy.

In its closing statement issued by its ordinary session Sunday the permanent committee criticised some leaderships of the Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) that it described as tensed up because of what the committee said as attempts by those leaderships to impinge upon the national unity and that those leaderships expressed their regretfully hostile stance that is conflicting with the people’s constants of republic, the revolution and the unity.

The committee’s statement confirmed the GPC’s shouldering of the historical responsibility for defence of unity and social peace, considering that poisoning the political life by falsifying awareness and taking advantage of the people needs and demands as but an attempt aimed to sow seeds of sedition, rebellion and fabrication of crises.

With respect to development and financial and administrative reforms the committee emphasizes that the government should necessarily speed up implementation of president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s instructions regarding the achievement of food security according to a strategy and time programme guaranteeing self-sufficiency of grains through protection of arable lands, encouraging and using agriculture for grains production of all kinds, finding laws preventing agriculture of qat in the lands good for planting grains, guaranteeing the existence of strategic stock of grains and breaking monopoly.

The permanent committee praised the setting up of the Supreme National Anti-Corruption Authority and the accelerated steps that have been taken for protection of the public property, mainly the issuance of the law of tenders and bids and the serious steps in the framework of judicial reforms particularly restructuring and formation of the Supreme Judiciary Council and selection of its chairman from the judicial power.

The committee valued president Saleh’s directives concerning the necessity of developing and improving performance of different institutions of the state and the work for developing and improving the government administration, raising efficiency of its apparatuses as well as ending cases of overlapping and repetition of specialties and reconsideration of its organisational and function structures and developing its legislations.

The GPC permanent t committee stressed the necessity of developing the banking system through legislations enabling foreign investors to invest in banks, reconsideration of the monetary policy, giving agriculture and fish sectors priority in the government attention through continuation in carrying out agricultural and rural development programmes.

The statement also stressed the importance of taking necessary procedures for tackling the speeding developments of world price rise and to hold accountable those who manipulate people’s food s well as to create permanent and continuous mechanism for providing foodstuffs and look for new sources for realizing food security.

The committee’s statement also praised the president’s directives on improving living conditions of state employees and the retired, launching the second stage of the national strategy of wages and salaries. It has also praised the great efforts by the president in treating conditions of the retired.

The committee valued the government’s efforts in economic reforms and tackling price fluctuations and confirmed the necessity that all concerned parties should get acquainted with the president’s election programme.

The committee emphasised he importance of strengthening monitoring of hospitals and private clinics and to be sure of good health care in them in line with medical and controls adopted by the health ministry and the necessity of speeding up issuance of health insurance and social law and implementation of the national strategy for youth and childhood. It affirmed continuation of efforts for tourist development, encourage investment and issuance of a law regulating carrying and possessing weapons and prevention of armed phenomena all over the republic.

Regarding general, technical and vocational and higher, education the committee recommended development of educational curricula in the manner embodying unity of thought and ideology and stabilizing national loyalty in the minds of juveniles and the youth. It recommended integration of concepts of freedom, democracy and human rights with school curricula, confirming the necessity of government supervision on all educational institutions, technical and vocational institute and universities, government and private.

With regard to expatriates the committee recommended on the importance of giving care o them and following up their situations and they should be associated with the homeland and inform them on investment opportunities to invent in their homeland with offering all services to solve their problems.

Concerning the GPC organisation area the committee authorized the general committee and the general secretariat to revise the rules of procedure and make amendments that agree with the recent developments and political and organisational changeables. The committee praised the efforts for preparation and active and high transparent participation in ordinary meetings of the local permanent committees in the governorates. It recommended continuation in developing the organisation, its mechanism and programs. It stressed laying foundation of democratic practice and strengthening integrated work in all organisations of the GPC, affirming the importance of the GPC distinguished media address which embodies the goals and precepts in the thought of the national charter and stabilization of unity, freedom and democracy.

The committee stressed activation of the woman organisation role in all leading and basis organisations of the party in the governorates and districts and to take interest in her qualification and training to empower her in taking part in the process of development and democracy.

On the foreign policy the permanent committee valued the advanced level of the foreign policy whose features were drawn by President Ali Abdullah Saleh through his endeavour for creating developed relations with various countries of the world. The committee expressed its appreciation of president’s efforts in enhancing international regional peace and the active role in adopting initiatives and solutions of differences in a number of countries in the region particularly in Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon. It praised the developed level of the relation between Yemen and the Gulf Cooperation Council states and the practical development between the countries of Sana’a grouping. The committee reiterated Yemen’s demand to the world countries on the necessity of supporting the Somali people to overcome their ordeal and realize their security and stability.

The committee appealed to Palestinian and Lebanese peoples for brushing aside internal differences and to work for the unity of the rank and heal the rift to confront the foreign enemy and enhance the national adherence and abort the Zionist enemy intention to destabilize bonds of the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples national integration. It renewed its call to Fatah and Hamas to adopt the Arab initiative.

The permanent committee reiterated Yemen’s stand by the side of Sudan in the way achieving its security and stability, its unity and safety of its territories. The committees also condemned the terrorist acts and practices which Yemen were exposed to the latest of which was the terrorist act that targeted tourists in Marib governorate.

Democracy Forum

Filed under: GPC, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:57 am on Sunday, August 26, 2007

YO

Al-Iryani was speaking at the first Sana’a Forum for Democracy that was held in Sana’a on August 22 and 23 at the Movenpick Hotel. Fifty-two male and female participants from 18 countries participated in the forum. The goal of the forum was to enhance democracy and to contribute to the creation of an Arabian strategy for the Arabian civil society to achieve democratic ambitions for societies of the region.

“Democracy as mechanisms, practices, systems and laws has become a necessity without which there will be no development, provided that it will be supported by organizations and monitoring units according to the law,” said President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a letter to the symposium. He said this is in addition to the importance of judicial authority independence, peaceful transfers of authority, achieving equality and women’s empowerment as an active and important contribution to the process of advancement, reform, and going forward in the path of pluralism and human rights.

“Yemen is willing and ready to support all loyal and serious efforts in the Arabian framework, to serve the democratic course that is part and parcel for achieving development and justice and provides security to scarcities,” said Saleh.

Next the Students

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Education, GPC, Islah, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:14 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

educational opportunity like everything else is politicized

Saada War
The Southern protests
Tribal tensions
Taiz and other cities protests
The students

SANA’A, August 19 — Strong clashes occurred between soldiers and students enrolling at Sana’a University last Sunday in the yard of the Faculty of Trading and Commerce.

An eyewitness confirmed that soldiers and students fired shots during the enrolling process. One student, Ameen Al-Shubati, was injured and taken to the hospital after a soldier beat him in the head with the back of his pistol. The eyewitness indicated that the incident occurred in sequence with student protests against the enrolling committee at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, accusing the faculty of unfairly distinguishing between students in the enrolling process. The eyewitness added that four of the soldiers were carrying weapons and about four others carried cudgels.

The General Union of Yemeni Students condemned the firing of shots and bashing of students with cudgels during the enrolling process. Redhwan Mass’oud, head of the General Union of Yemeni Students considered these acts as terrorism against university students and asked the concerned authorities to transfer the soldiers to the judiciary to be punished and to substitute the military guards with civil guards.

Abdul Malek Al-Sayiaghi, head of the General People’s Congress (GPC) at the Faculty of Trading and Commerce, considered that Mass’oud’s demands were geared toward clearing the university yard of security in order to encourage fighting and to attack university guards attempting to quell ensuing violence.

Al-Sayiaghi affirmed that the incident occurred when a group of Islah-affiliated students started distributing some enrollment forms and partisan slogans to students. He added that one of the Islah-affiliated students was the first to fire shots.

Al-Sayiaghi expected further incidents in the future and considered such incident the result of a lack of awareness among students of enrollment procedures.

There were more than 1,000 students and only one committee to receive students’ documents while there were three committees last year.

It is expected that Yemeni universities, in which the enrolling period started Saturday, August 18, will receive about 65,000 students for the 2007 – 2008 academic year.

Cabinet’s Election Law Modifications Rejected by JMP

Filed under: Civil Society, Elections, GPC, Judicial, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Monday, August 6, 2007

President Saleh to select nine judges who will comprise SCER. Are they joking? Getting ready for Ahmed?

Al-Sahwa

August 01,2007-The Joint Meeting Parties has rejected a decision endorsed by the government on Wednesday aiming to amend the election law.

The head of JMP supreme council, Yaseen Saeed Noaman, said the government’s decision is a breach of the dialogue principles between the JMP and GPC.

“The ruling party carries responsibility for any breakdown of the dialogue” Said he.

“The government decision is a clear-cut violation of the dialogue principles; forming of the supreme committee for election is an issue involved in dialogue agenda” he added.

Noman further said that the decision absolutely contradicts the European Union Election Observation Mission’s recommendations.

The cabinet had approved last Tuesday a draft to amend the articles 19, 21 and 22 of the election and referendum law and referred these amendments to the parliament.

According to amendments, the supreme committee for election and referendum will be formed from 9 judges chosen by the president from among 15 judges appointed by the Higher Judiciary Council.

No its all fine, just fine.

Almotamar.net – Yemen’s minister of legal affairs Dr Rashad al-Rassas said Wednesday the government has the right to approve any legal amendments and refer them to the parliament. He pointed out that approval of the government of a draft amendment to elections and referendum law that the government sent to parliament on Tuesday came on basis of agreement of principles signed by the political parties in June 2006.

Minister al-Rasas added to almotamar.net that drafting the amendment came in accordance with the agreement of principles among the political parties, affirming that the approach the legal end of the period of the Supreme Commission for election next November was the reason that urged the government to adopt the amendment.

The minister added that the amendment of the election law is within the frame of the government implementation of its programme and the platform of the president of the republic both of which contain amendments on many draft laws in including the elections law, adding that they governed by defined dates.

It is to be mentioned that the political parties represented in the dialogue have not abided by naming their representatives to the committee whish was agreed on undertaking drafting amendments of the electoral law except for the General People’s Congress that was the only party to name a representative in it.

The government approved on Tuesday a draft amendment of the elections and referendum law so that it includes the formation of the higher commission for elections composed of nine judges to be appointed by a residential decree.

1000 Arrested in Aden

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:48 pm on Saturday, August 4, 2007

AP

ADEN, Yemen: Thousands of former army officers and soldiers protested Thursday in this port city, demanding to be allowed back in the military, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons. One person was reported killed.

The street demonstrations underlined increasing tensions between southern and northern Yemen 13 years after a civil war. The protesters were largely members of the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by northern forces.

The protests began overnight when some demonstrators burned tires in the streets of Aden. Security forces clamped down with roadblocks on entrances into the city to prevent more protesters from coming in from other areas.

Violence erupted in the morning Thursday, when some 1,500 protesters marched toward the central square of downtown Aden. Riot police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse them, an Associated Press reporter witnessed.

Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in other neighborhoods of the city.

At least three people were wounded, one of whom died later in Aden’s Gomhouria Hospital, according to a doctor in the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

In a statement, the police denied any deaths among the protesters. The statement, carried on the state news agency Saba, blamed the incident on “law-breaking elements who entered from neighboring provinces seeking incitement and chaos.”

About 1,000 people were arrested in Aden and other southern provinces, according to a police official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Some have been released, but at least 600 believed to still be detained.

The protests were put down after about four hours. A military curfew was imposed in Aden, forcing shops to close. Thousands of government troops and police patrolled the streets.

But organizers of the protest threatened further demonstrations, complaining that the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is ignoring complaints by southerners of discrimination at the hands of the northerner-dominated leadership.

North and South Yemen were united in 1990, with Saleh — who had been the north’s president — remaining in his post. In 1994, rebels announced the sessession of the south, and battled northern forces for several months in a civil war that ended in their defeat.

Afterward, about 60,000 southern servicemen were discharged from the army, and many of them fled abroad. Most have since return, drawn back by an amnesty and promises that they would be allowed to re-enlist.

But many have not been allowed back into the military, which is dominated by northernerns. At the same time, southerners complain that they are kept out of government jobs — a main source of employment in the south — in favor of northerners brought in to fill the bureaucracy and security forces.

Northerners also continue to hold large tracts of land in the south granted to them after the civil war.

Eydarus Nasr, head of the parliament bloc of the Socialist Party, the former ruling party in the south, accused northerners of treating southern lands like “the spoils of war.”

“The real cause for this situation is the foolishness of the authority and its misbehavior and its failure to deal with positively with the issues of the people,” he said of Thursday’s violence.”

“Everything the government says is just a slogan, not real action. … This is the result,” he said.

Nasser Abdel Qawi, secretary general of the retired army officers association — a former brigadier general who now lives by selling sheeps and goats — said, “We will continue our peaceful protests, until the ruling regime solves our problems.”

Military Economic Corporation Steals Land in Aden

Filed under: Economic, GPC, South Yemen, Yemen, theft: land other — by Jane Novak at 4:02 pm on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

then they sell it cheap to “influential persons” who resell it at a huge profit or sometimes keep it.

ADEN, NewsYemen

The member of Parliament Abdul-Bari Doghaish could not complete narrating the story of people lost their lands and houses in Dar Daad in Aden at the Parliament’s session on Monday.

The bitter feeling of the situation of those people, some of them died and some others committed suicide due to injustice and deprivation of their rights forced Doghaish to stop finishing the story, which he could bring to the Parliament for the first time.

Doghaish’s colleagues Sakhr al-Wajeeh and Ensaf Mayo urged to hold back measures being taken by the Land and Estates Authority to hand over the Military Economic Corporation lands in Dar Saad and to hand over those lands to their legal owners. They also recommended to restore lands taken from their owners in the past and to obligate the Local Authority in Aden to compensate people whose houses were “unduly destroyed”.

The members attacked the Military Economic Corporation, which has confiscated lands in Aden.
The MP al-Wajeeh asked the Parliament to form an inspection committee to scrutinize the reality of the corporation, which has activities in different fields, according to al-Wajeeh. “We really do not know if it is military or economic!” said al-Wajeeh.

The member Mohammad al-Naqeeb said “the corporation has taken lands enough to be a republic”, while the member Mohsin Ba-Sora described the quandary as “timed bomb that may affect the national unity”.

The head of Lands and Estates Authority’s office in Aden Yahya Ba Dwaid admitted that some legal failures led to the crisis of lands in Aden that “affects the social peace”. He asked for amendments of legislations related to lands and estates.

The Parliament decided to send an order to the government to compel the minister of local administration and Adel local authority to achieve the Parliament’s recommendations regarding houses destroyed and lands confiscated by the Military Economic Corporation.

1000 Tribal Sheiks

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:50 am on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Primarily Hashid, GPC

News Yemen

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Almost 1000 tribal sheikhs participated in a constructive meeting on Sunday for forming the first “National Solidarity Council”.

The participants elected sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein al-Ahmar the head of the
council and Mohammad Hassan Damaj the secretary-general.

Sheikh al-Ahmar confirmed the council would encounter corruption and corrupts in the country what ever their ranks and posts. (Read on …)

The GPC

Filed under: GPC, Janes Articles, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:34 am on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Yemen’s ruling party subverts democracy
By: Jane Novak, The Arab American News
2007-08-25

Since Yemen’s presidential election, the nation is experiencing several areas of instability. Crisis areas include the fourth recurrence of the Sa’ada war in North Yemen, popular protests in the former South Yemen, hostile tribal posturing, and the resurgence of terror attacks directed at the state. One causal factor common to all these conflicts is institutionalized inequality or state discrimination. This inequality is also the foundation of massive corruption that is destroying Yemen. With elitism so engrained and corruption so pervasive, structural reform is nearly impossible. One solution may be to dissolve the national mechanisms that function to perpetuate inequality and enable corruption, starting with Yemen’s ruling party.

Hopes generated before Yemen’s September presidential election were dashed in its wake. Oppositionists were disappointed that the election was a pantomime of democracy with state resources overwhelmingly supporting President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the victor and incumbent of 28 years. Saleh’s supporters were disappointed when his expansive election platform produced few tangible results upon his re-election. In fact the situation worsened for the average Yemeni with prices rocketing higher.

After the election, Yemen’s military fought an intense war with Shi’a rebels in Yemen’s northernmost Sa’ada region. Estimates are the war cost over a billion dollars since January. Thousands of soldiers, rebels and civilians have been killed and wounded. Cities and villages have been laid to waste. Internal refugees number over 50,000. The ICRC has noted that food in the region is in critically short supply and the local population has been without medical facilities since the inception of the war. Yemen has fought the insurgents three times since 2004. Each time, mediation led to a cease fire which was then broken by both sides.

Renewal of tensions between Yemen’s major northern tribal confederations was a predictable result of the tribalization of the Sa’ada war. The military inducted thousands of Hashid tribesmen, and reports of looting and indiscriminate violence emerged. Senior Bakil sheiks issued statements warning of the potential for the broadening of the conflict or years of localized retaliatory tribal warfare. The National Solidarity Council was announced in July and consists of 1000 tribal sheiks and dignitaries primarily from the Hashid confederation. A hastily formed grouping of Bakil tribal leaders announced their opposition to the National Solidarity Council in August, accusing it of intending to foster conflicts and Libyan support.

With war tapering off in the north, in the south long suppressed tensions have come to the surface. Popular protests are expressing the grievances of tens of thousands of southern military officers who were punitively discharged after Yemen’s 1994 civil war. Despite regime assurances of reconciliation, the southern officers remained unemployed and living on below sustenance pensions for over a decade. In August, Yemeni security forces banned “unauthorized” demonstrations in Aden after a series of increasingly large protest marches began in May. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested. Others were beaten on the street. One died. Regime efforts to quell the movement included promoting about 600 former officers, creating a clone of the pensioners’ organization and promising to increase the pensions to legally required levels.

Each of these conflicts has its roots in intentional inequality. The 1990 unity between the former South Yemen and North Yemen was subverted by the dominance of the northern GPC party. In the south, state discrimination takes the form of massive land theft, targeted impoverishment, and the withholding of employment and educational opportunities. Geographic discrimination is not unusual. The withholding of water to Taiz is discrimination against a city. The politicized arrest of Editor Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani is discrimination against a person. The war in Sa’ada, primarily a political one, gained sectarian overtones when security forces began to target Zaidis by identity. The mass arrest of Zaidi preachers, students and villagers is state discrimination, as is the withholding of food and medicine to the region. The primacy of president Saleh’s Hashid tribe is derived from its association with the tools of the state. The access to economic benefits based on tribal affiliation as well as the immunity of the Hashid from the judiciary is institutionalized inequality. The inequality among groups (political, regional, tribal, sectarian) is reinforced by state media incitement.

In response to these recurring areas of instability and violence, the regime and the opposition parties are reacting predictably and in the ways that fostered the conflicts initially. The government has responded with coercion, patronage and propaganda without addressing any of the underlying factors such as political exclusion. The Houthis remain “monarchists” and the southerners “separatists” according to the official media. Movement leaders are plied with funds and accommodations while the bulk of Yemenis face brutal security forces and a well armed military.

The Yemeni opposition blames and criticizes the GPC, however it is just as elitist. Some opposition leaders have also been co-opted by the GPC and work toward the best interest of the ruling party, not the opposition or the people. The opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), hopes to wrest control away from the powerful ruling party in Yemen’s 2009 parliamentary elections. The JMP operates in a limited political space with the threat of violence never far away. The constraints on the JMP do not preclude it from operating democratically. However, the JMP’s lack of commitment in practice to equality, transition of power, transparency and free speech work to limit its credibility. For the JMP’s promises to ring true, the coalition would need to demonstrate the ability to reform itself and engage in internal democratic practices.

Yemen is facing dramatic times which require new and dramatic solutions. One way to disentangle corrupt relationships and encourage a merit based hierarchy is to dissolve the ruling party. The General People’s Congress party functions similarly to the Syrian Ba’ath party and the former Iraqi Ba’ath party, as a party of access, influence and patronage. The party merged with state institutions and bureaucracies which have become politicized. The party operates in its own self interest and has grown to dominate public space.

Dissolving the GPC would enable space for authentic reform by removing the structure which determines inclusion and exclusion. The GPC is a primary mechanism of discrimination. It discriminates against all Yemenis but does so by identity, thereby reinforcing social divisions. Party affiliation is a factor in education, employment, judicial rulings and public services where they exist. Through GPC control of the bureaucracy, the oligarchy absorbs the benefits of donor aid and natural resources while clean water, electricity, educational and medical facilities are largely unavailable to the bulk of Yemenis. Yemen’s elite routinely deploy state institutions including security forces and the judiciary for personal ends as well as to stifle dissent, criticism and efforts toward reform. Those within the GPC with the foresight and courage to press for real reform can only go so far before the interests of “influential people” are threatened.

Another solution may be to create a new party that models equality and therefore democracy. A party committed to egalitarian principles would abide by its own charter, model financial transparency, hold fair internal elections, make leadership positions available to all members, and follow the expressed will of the majority. Yemen has yet to see a party that uniformly follows those prescriptions. And such a party needs to exist, to give political access to ordinary citizens and hope to its ten million youth. Democracy is the choice of the Yemeni people and therefore so is equality. A state or a party that discriminates by identity is inherently undemocratic.

A Clone of a Clone

Filed under: GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Saturday, July 21, 2007

Yemen Observer

Lately, Al-Shoura has become a household name due to the much-publicized controversy surrounding editor-in-chief of Al-Shoura.net, Abdelkarim al-Khaiwani, who has been imprisoned since June 20 on charges of “spreading Al Houthi views.” But people may want to be careful to specify which al-Shoura they are talking about—as the brand name appears to be proliferating, attached to several different media. The Al-Shoura website should not be confused with Al-Shoura the newspaper, or with another newspaper called Manbar Al-Shoura. At first glance, these publications are easy to confuse.

The two newspapers, Manbar Al-Shoura and Al-Shoura look very similar in size and layout; they have almost exactly the same green title emblem and they claim to represent political parties with almost exactly the same names. Manbar Al-Shoura claims to be the mouthpiece of the Popular Democratic Forces Union, while Al-Shoura claims to represent the Popular Forces Union. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, the Al-Shoura website (Al-Shoura.net) and Al-Shoura the newspaper both claim to represent the same party—the Popular Forces Union. And they also both claim to be owned and partly funded by the same man—Ibrahim Ali al-Wazir, a Yemeni living abroad. (Read on …)

Weapons Seizures

Filed under: GPC, Proliferation, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:54 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2007

I hope the weapons depot doesn’t explode, again.

Yemen Observer

About 1,000 mobile rockets and other weapons have been collected from Yemeni citizens by security authorities and destroyed by the government, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Rashad al-Alimi on Tuesday. The Yemeni government’s plan to collect heavy-duty and medium-sized weapons from citizens began in earnest earlier this year. Al-Alimi, who spoke to the Shura council, said that the weapons were destroyed under the supervision of international experts. “Those weapons in hands of citizens gave the Yemeni government and the international community much anxiety, because it was created a dangerous situation for the airlines,” he said.

“We are continuing to collect the weapons, and we have anther plan to limit the carrying of personal guns in the main cities, and it will reach the other areas soon,” he added. Some dramatic seizures were made this week. Security authorities in al-Mahara governorate in eastern Yemen discovered weapons stockpiles on Wednesday, after security forces raided a cave where they found more than 158 mortar rounds. Colonel Ahmed Saleh, Director of Criminal Investigation in the province, said that the security forces uncovered the weapons cache after the arrest of a gang of 11 people who were stealing bullets and hiding them.

“After we got the weapons, we followed-up on the rest of the gang members, and are still conducting investigations on the case,” Saleh said. “The preliminary investigations indicated that this gang aimed to sell these bullets for financial gain only, and that they are not tied to any violent organized group,” he said. The rest of the gang members are expected to be apprehended in the next 48 hours, he said Wednesday. Authorities think that there may be six or seven more men involved, in addition to the 11 already in custody. Some of these men may be soldiers, he said.

Colonel Mubarak Hussein, security director in al-Mahara, said that the gang had stolen the bullets from arms stores belonging to the security forces. “They purpose of this collecting of bullets was merely to sell them, and none of the gang members carried out armed actions against any state or against citizens,” he said. “Investigations are under way to resolve the rest of the details of the case,” he said. A recent report submitted to the Parliament by the Ministry of the Interior shows that weapons-related crimes have been increasing in Yemen.

“The crime rate is increasing wherever more weapons are carried,” the report said. According to the report, there were around 32,000 crimes from 2004 to 2006. Weapons were involved in more than 77 percent of them. In that same time period, there were 23,577 deaths and injuries in Yemen that involved weapons. Some 85 percent of those died because of guns. According to the report of the Interior Ministry, in the last three years, security agencies have seized numerous firearms. These weapons included 13,106 rifles, 3,115 handguns, 251 bombs, and 204 other weapons. They have also seized 41,573 bullets. The Ministries of Defense and the Interior recently began collecting medium-sized and heavy-duty weapons from the citizens.

In the context of the campaign, the ministry has collected rockets, ammunition, tanks, antiaircraft missiles, explosives, detonators, and anti-personnel mines. When the government seizes these weapons from people, they compensate them for them from the state treasury. They will continued to pay for arms turned in in the next six months. After that, they will begin to take weapons from citizens by force. The government as already spent billions of riyals on this effort to eliminate arms trade, and on the reduction of the possession and carrying of arms deployed in the parts of Yemen most beset by violence, particularly the tribal areas. Large parts of these tribal areas are still outside the scope of government control.

Al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – A security source said Sunday that police forces had seized 100 pieces of weapons in a new campaign of capturing unlicensed weapons began Sunday in fie Yemeni governorates.

The source told almotamar.net the campaign includes the governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Hadramout and Hudeida. The seized weapons, found with citizens in the first day of the campaign, included Kalashnikov and other types of weapon pieces and that campaign is carried out by patrols of central security forces and emergency police.

It is worth mentioning that the government had presented the weapons law to the parliament in 2001 but a large-scale deliberation is until now going on inside the parliament and outside it about the law and its discussion has been suspended. The weapons law was coined the beginning of the nineties bearing No, 42 for the year 1992.

750 motars

Almotamar.net – Security authorities in Maharah governorate seized Sunday about 600 mortar gun 81 caliber shells just three day after detection of other 158 projectiles hidden inside a mountain cave in the governorate situated east of Yemen.

A high ranking security official told almotamar.net the shells were seized in Zumah district in a deserted unpopulated area before being transferred to the desert. He added that selling and buying operation was done by those involved in dealing with them.

The official also affirmed that seven persons were detained over their involvement in the operation.

Deputy Premier, minister of interior Dr Rashad al-Alimi said on 7 of this month at a meeting of the shoura council that committees had been set up that will carry out in the coming six months the process of counting and documenting weapon and ammunition assets of the armed forces and security as well as their serial numbers. The minister said the information will be included in database so that it will be easy to follow up those weapons and ammunition in case they were leaked in illegal ways.

Students Penalized for Political Reasons

Filed under: Education, GPC, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:05 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

al-Sahwa

The faculty of Commerce and Administration in Ibb province issued a decision which provide to deprive 90 students of exams as they had refused to take part in the youth festival set up on the occasion of Yemen’s National Day , the 22nd of May .

For its part, HOOD Organizations for Rights and Freedoms considered this process as a crime committed against the students.

The member of HOOD said that this act contracts the state- constitution and all laws, demanding, in the mean time, to treat university students rightly and justly.

Political Violence Flares

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:04 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2007

Almotamar.net – Gunmen from the Yemeni Islah party in Hdeidah governorate attacked Friday a leading official from the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the district of Al-Hali, Hudeidah.

Local sources mentioned that the GPC official Ammar Fuad Ali Abbas is now at a hospital for treatment from serious injuries in the head and limbs caused by being beaten with sticks and iron clubs by elements from the Islah party, one of the opposition parties with hardliner religious orientation after they have lured him out of his house Friday evening.

Te sources told almotamar.net that the attackers who were almost killing him have previously carried out similar attacks on a number of citizens in the district just because of their different political affiliations.

The sources also attributed the latest attack to former differences erupted between the GPC official and Islah elements during the presidential and local elections held last September.

Meanwhile, security men in the governorate were able to arrest the Islah official Abd Rebah al-Farawi the main suspect in this incident and he is being interrogated while they continue chasing the other elements accused in this attack.

Military Pensions and Abu Rass Discussed in Parliament

Filed under: GPC, Military, Parliament, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:21 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2007

He resigned a year ago due to the inability of the regime to address embassy corruption.

YO

The Parliament has rejected the resignation Member of Parliament Faisal Abu Rass. Abu Rass first presented his resignation to the Parliamentary Council a year ago, because he feels that the Parliament is too inactive. For example, he wanted an investigation of the finances of Yemen’s embassies abroad, especially in Lebanon. He has in his possession some documents about the corruption in Yemen’s embassy in Lebanon, he said. He asked the Parliament to invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs to investigate this. But nothing was done, so he decided to resign.

Abu Rass’ resignation must be accepted or refused, because Parliament has taken too long already to decide, said the head of the Nasserite bloc party and its secretary general, Sultan al-Atwani. The Parliament’s decision was not to accept the resignation, but Abu Rass remains at home, refusing to work. In other governmental news, Parliament member Ali al-Qadhi read a letter from the Follow-up Committee of Retired Military, asking the Parliament for action to deal with their troubled situation. Retired members of the military are not getting their pension, and their situation has been growing worse and worse over time, the letter said.

“We offered sacrifices to get the nation from Imamate rule and the British colonial rule, when the revolutions September 26 and October 14 were established,” they said. “We are in a bad situation, we cannot continue in this life, especially those who retired before 2000. Our service reached up to 40 years,” said the letter. “The old gladiator receives just YR 25,000, and those who transmitted to the retirement, they received YR 80,000.” The letter demanded that the Deputies in the Parliament settle the salaries of retired military people before the year 2000, to be equal pensions with who retired in the year 2007.

The letter also demanded an increase in the living income, as well as promotions for officers of the armed forces and security, especially those who entered the service in 1962, pointing out that they had been around 18 years ago and they rank as Major and nearly 12 years in the rank of colonel. The letter stressed the raising the salaries of retired people of military and security to become equal to the strategy of wages and salaries of veterans in the Arab States. The message asked for social security and free education for the children of veterans, especially in the universities where our children are studying, as we have no capacity for these expenses.

The letter called for the creation of a veterans association like that in other Arab states, with President Ali Abdullah Saleh as its chairman. In response to the letter, the Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Security Mohamed al-Hawrui said that the committee had summoned the ministers of defense, interior, civil service and insurance to come to the committee to discuss the subject .

Yemen Loses Japanese Aid Due to Official Incompetence

Filed under: A-SECURITY, Donors, UN, GPC, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:18 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sana’a, NewsYemen

The resident representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said the deteriorating security in Yemen is the most important problem that deprives Yemen from projects that the Japanese government offers to developing countries.

Yemen lost so many aids during the suspending of JICA’s activities in Yemen since the 1994’s civil war until 2005, said Mr. Kinshi Sasaki in an exclusive statement to NewsYemen.

He said the agency was interested not to stop projects under implementation at that time. He said the agency could follow the implementation of such projects through the Japanese embassy in Sana’a or through JICA’s office in Cairo or directly from the capital Tokyo.

In his talking about obstacles that hamper Yemen to benefit from Japanese aids, Sasaki said the weak administration, incompetence of technical capacities of the executive governmental bodies and the lack of motive of officials in such bodies decline cooperation with Yemen.

The carelessness of officials in the executive bodies frustrate workers and shatter efforts to help Yemen, he said.

The expert, whom we bring from Japan, arrives at the project location at 08:00 am, but he should wait for Yemeni officials who come at 09:00 am and the Yemeni employees start to leave the office at 12:00 pm despite work terminates at 02:00 pm, he said.

RSF Condemns Text Message Ban

Filed under: Communications, GPC, Media, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:04 am on Friday, June 15, 2007

Government bans news sent to mobile phones by SMS message

Reporters Without Borders today condemned new media censorship in Yemen, where access to at least two websites has been blocked since the start of the year, in one case for three months, and the information ministry is now censoring the distribution of news to mobile phones by SMS message.

“It is disturbing that the Yemeni government is attacking new technology in this way,” the press freedom organisation said. “It never showed any open-mindedness towards the opposition media and these new arenas of expression offered a fresh opportunity for the media. The authorities have again demonstrated their determination to control news and information that is critical of them.”

The al-Shora website, which regularly posted opposition articles, was closed on 24 February. It was finally allowed to reopen on 23 May. The socialist website aleshteraki was similarly closed for a week, from 16 to 23 May. The government was worried by the fact that they were controlled by opposition parties. It was also concerned about their coverage of the fighting with the al-Houthi rebels in Saada province.

The information and telecommunications ministry has now banned several mobile phone news distribution services, including those proposed by the companies Nass mobile and Bela Qoyod mobile, on the grounds that they were not subject to sufficient control. The ministry nonetheless said that the authorities could offer such services.

SMS messages expressing criticism of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government had circulated in the weeks prior to the ban. The opposition parties denied being behind them. On 7 June, the government announce the start of a debate about a new press law, one concerning new media in particular.

Yemeni Parliament Thwarts Prime Minister

Filed under: GPC, Ministries, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:33 am on Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Almotamar.net – Yemen’s Prime Minister Dr Ali Mohammed Mujawar admitted that this government faces problems because of stand of the Genera; People’s Congress (GPC) parliamentary majority that refuses many of laws proposed by the government.

The prime minister said his government faces problems with the parliament regarding approval of some draft laws although the government is that of the majority. He added that the parliament plays a big role with regard to the political side and all draft laws are passed through it.

Dr Mujawar made it clear there is a programme of the government that defined new trends concerning issues of investment. He added that priority is to be given to the private sector with the aim of gradually limiting unemployment. For Yemen investment in it is the best in the region as the investor gets bigger opportunities in a short time and in one file and that makes Yemen receive big trust from Arab and foreign investors.

Yemen’s Fear of Words

Filed under: Communications, GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:33 am on Monday, June 4, 2007

YO

The Joint Meetings Party has suspended dialogue with the ruling General People’s Party, as a result of the government’s recent blocking of certain websites and SMS news services, said a source within the JMP. “The government has done clear damage to its promise to uphold the right of the press and free expression guaranteed by the Yemeni Constitution,” the source said. “If the government stops the violations against the press freedom, we will return to dialogue with the ruling party.”

Mohammed Qahtan, the leader of JMP, could not confirm the suspension of dialogue because he is not the spokesman anymore, he said. But Mohammed al-Sabri warned the ruling party against continuing to crush the democratic margin. The GPC did not respond to requests for comment by press deadline. Information Minister Hassan al-Lawzi said that the Information Ministry is fully prepared to grant licenses to any new newspaper, provided that it meets legal requirements. If newspapers have failed to get licenses, it is their own fault, he said, for not completing legal requirements. “Maybe they can’t,” he said.

“Websites, press releases and newsletters via phone must be subject to legal action, so as not to turn the situation into chaos and the government aims to regulate the process,” al-Lawzi said. He accused some websites of committing “a serious breach of the law, and attacking state secrets and spreading lies against the public interest.” Al-Sabri said that the JMP was in full solidarity with the journalists, and urged them to launch a freedom sit-in in front of the Council of Ministers, and to be at the forefront of the great roles long awaited by the people.

Al-Sabri called upon the Parliament to hold the government accountable for its promises, especially with regard to media freedoms. It is alarming, he said, that the government would fear newsletters that do not exceed 70 characters. Saeed Thabet, first undersecretary of the Yemeni Association of Journalists, renewed his condemnation of such behavior by the authorities. The government’s justifications are flimsy and false, he said. The Ministry of Information is unnecessary, he said. The Ministry of Information and Communications should not prevent news services via phone and withhold websites. There should not be a monopoly of information. Lawyer Mohammed Naji Allawo suggested setting up a tent for a sit-in in front of the Council of Ministers.

“Ants will not tire, will not tolerate even the possession of people, organizations and parties all the various media, audio-visual and print,” he said. The chief editor of al-Nass newspaper, Ali al-Jaradi, said in a speech that the Information Ministry does not have a law regulating electronic media. Remarkably, he said, the law that the authority recently proposed, “contains a strong desire to restrict electronic media.” He called on journalists and all political actors to stand against the law and destroy it.

Parliament member Dr. Mansour al-Zindani promised the journalists a discussion of this topic in the Parliament at its next meeting. He said that he valued the role of the media as the first line in the struggle for change. The delegation of protesters scheduled to meet with the prime minister withdrew before the interview, in protest against what they described as provocations from the security, and demanded a formal apology.

The Sabafon company mobile phone network announced Tuesday that it was forced to stop service on its subscriber news service, after it was subjected to pressure and threats from the Ministry of Communications. Sabafon sent a letter to its subscribers in the service, without clarifying whether the suspension is temporary or permanent. Al-Nass Mobile News, provided by the al-Nass newspaper, was forced to stop its SMS news service last week, by order of the Ministry of Communications.

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 …)

Law of Tenders Withdrawn from Parliament

Filed under: Corruption, Donors, UN, GPC, Judicial, Media, Parliament, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:34 am on Monday, June 4, 2007

News Yemen

Deputy speaker of the Parliament Yahya al-Raei criticized in Saturday’s session the government for not presenting a draft law of tenders and auctions because grants to Yemen have been suspended until such a law be approved, according to al-Raei.

Al-Raei said the government has not used foreign loans and that loans have been only kept in banks and some ministries. I met with officials in the World Bank who have criticized keeping loans instead of using them and offering their benefits, said al-Raei.

Some members of the Parliament assailed the Parliament’s leadership and the government on many unsolved issues including price hikes, war in Saada, restriction of freedoms and the lack of projects in Ibb.

MP Mohammad Saleh Ali denounced the blocking of SMS news service of Nass Press Mobile and Without Chains Mobile. He said the government should be questioned over this behavior which “violates the constitution”.

Such media monopolization contradicts with the state’s openness for free economy, said Saleh.

MP Sultan al-Atwani asked the government to offer a report on war in Saada, confirming that the Parliament, which has authorized the government to put an end for conflict there, has not information on what is happening.

The MP Ahmad al-Shaqda for Islah party asked the Parliament leadership to form a committee to check events in Saada.

When some MPs inquired why the state does not send lawyers to defend Yemenis in the US Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, al-Raei replied that “president Saleh defended them before the US president George Bush during his latest visit to Washington”.

The MP for GPC Abdul-Karim Shaiban said blamed the leadership of the Parliament for not following the government’s delay to achieve recommendations of the parliament on different issues.

Party Pluralism Diminishing in Yemen

Filed under: GPC, PFU, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:38 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Apparently the plan is to leave the GPC and half co-opted Islah and maybe let the Salafis form a new party while dissolving the PFU (after al-Haq, the other Zaidi party, was recently disbanded). The article also threatens the YSP. President Saleh’s GPC operates in a largely technically criminal manner and permits opposition only as long as it is not threatening to the underlying configuration of power:

Almotamar.net – Legal sources and offices close to Political Parties and Organisations Affairs Committee (PPOAC) mentioned Saturday that there is presently serious consideration of dissolving the Union of People’s Forces Party owing to discovering of examples of forgery in lists of names the party had presented to the PPOAC as founders of the party.
(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.

Regime Threatens to Disband More Opposition Parties

Filed under: GPC, PFU, Political Opposition, YSP, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:34 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2007

First al-Haq, now the PFU. Also possbily the YSP. This from the same guy who was touting the multiparty system recently. The goal apparently is to leave only the GPC which is Saleh’s operating system, and Islah which is partially co-opted.

Almotamar.net – Legal sources and offices close to Political Parties and Organisations Affairs Committee (PPOAC) mentioned Saturday that there is presently serious consideration of dissolving the Union of People’s Forces Party owing to discovering of examples of forgery in lists of names the party had presented to the PPOAC as founders of the party.

The sources said that if a party depended in its establishment and programme on basis of race, which violates the constitution and law of political parties and organisations in Yemen that incriminate parties founded on racial or sectarian basis, will face dissolution according to the law and those who committed forgery will be subjected to legal accountability.

Those sources told almotamar.net that the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) is facing the same destiny of dissolution due to the damage it inflicted on the national unity whether in the sedition of 1994 summer or because of its current stance supportive of the terrorist elements that ignited sedition in Saada.

According to the legal sources the strict application of the law of political parties and organisations that violate the law would lead to rationalize partisan work in Yemen. It is expected that the result will be the remaining of two major political parties on the national arena, i.e. the General People’s Congress (GPC) and Yemeni Congregation for Reform Party (Islah), as is the case in the United States of America where the republican and the democratic parties contest and the two parties of conservatives and the labour in Britain and the Gaullist and Socialist parties in France.

200 Violations, 47 Intimidations, 33 Threats and 22 Verdicts Against Yemeni Journalists

Filed under: GPC, Judicial, Media, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists — by Jane Novak at 9:25 am on Thursday, May 17, 2007

YT: SANA’A, May 16 – The Center for Training and Protecting Journalist Freedoms presented its 2006 annual report to the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, brining back memories of the sufferings of journalists and newspapers from 2002 to 2005.

Concerning last year, the report presented by Mohammed Sadiq Al-Odaini, head of the center, indicated that, “2006 witnessed 200 violations and 47 incidents of intimidation against the press, including detentions, seizures and attempted kidnapping of journalists, opinion writers, local correspondents and journalists from foreign media outlets, as well as 33 instances of threat.”

During the same year, 22 verdicts were issued against the press, including fines, tough sanctions, dismissal from employment and banning from writing. The Socialist Party-affiliated Al-Thawri newspaper suffered the most violations, with six verdicts issued against it, its editor-in-chief and writers. Four of those verdicts were issued in the span of less than a month.

Additionally, its Editor-in-Chief Khalid Salman was subjected to a series of intimidating acts and likely will experience many more by Socialist Party leaders themselves because he wanted to report professionally and impartially even if against the party’s best interest.

The report alleged that such acts of intimidation prompted Salman to seek political asylum in London, an unprecedented event in press history.

Continued on page 3

Other verdicts were issued against journalists and private as well as partisan newspapers, such as Al-Wahdawi, Al-Nahar, Al-Nass and Al-Hurriyya. The year ended as trials continued against independent, and partisan newspapers such as Al-Wasat, Al-Thawri, Al-Nahar, Al-Wahdawi, Al-Shoura.net, Al-Shoura Voice and Al-Balagh. (Read on …)

10 Years to Democracy in Yemen

Filed under: GPC, PFU, Political Opposition, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:23 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Insights and Analysis: Carnegie Endowment

Yemen: Interview with Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil, assistant secretary-general of the Federation for Popular Forces

What is the situation of political parties in Yemen? How would you describe the Federation for Popular Forces’ (FPF) participation in the Joint Meeting Party (JMP) coalition?

The JMP effort was indispensable to create a balance between civil society institutions on the one hand and the military and tribal institutions on the other, which is critical to democracy. Five political parties formed the JMP: the Islah, Socialist, Nasserite, and al-Haqq parties, and the FPF.

Rulers accept political parties in developing countries on the condition that they do not press for a democracy that affects the rulers’ privileges, limits their authority, or crosses red lines in criticizing them. Nonetheless, in time parties develop and become a double-edged sword. The Yemeni press also has begun to cross red lines, for example criticizing top officials during the presidential election.

When the ruling party—or rather the ruler’s party, as that is all it really is—competes against another party in elections, there is no way that such elections can be fair, free, and equal. The ruling party exploits state resources such as the media, armed forces, and bureaucrats, and so the opposition is competing not against a party, but a state. (Read on …)

Yemen Uses Interpol to Pursue Houthis

Filed under: Diplomacy, GPC, Other Countries, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:41 am on Monday, May 14, 2007

Domestic rebels

almotamar.net – A security source revealed Saturday that Yemeni authorities addressed a request to the Interpol including addition of names of tens of terrorists to its international lists, accused of being involved in acts of terror in some areas of Saudi (Saudi or Saada?) governorate in Yemen.

The source who asked not to be identified told almotamar.net the request was dispatched to the Interpol office in Sana’a last Tuesday and contained many names of the accused in addition to information about them.

The source said Yemen sent that request after the Yemeni authorities obtained information confirming many personalities involvement in financing the terrorist elements and some of them participate in a sabotage operation and killing crimes as well as launching attacks on security and armed forces troops.

The Yemeni authorities had beginning of last year sent many demands to the Interpol including names of terrorists accused of taking part in Saada events but up until now there is now (no?) announcement on capturing any of those accused persons.

The Interpol said last month it had put the name of fugitive terrorist Madhya al-Mouthy the Red Bulletin issued by the Interpol. According to that measure the countries where this terrorist lives have become obliged to hand him over to the Yemeni authorities through the Interpol that will follow him wherever he is in the world in order to stand trial in Yemen.

The Interpol measure regarding terrorist al-Houthi was in response to official request by Yemen with the aim of arresting him over terrorist crimes in which he is involved as he is one of the main leaders in the armed terrorist organisation which perpetrated criminal act such as killing, sabotage and destruction of public and private property in a number of areas in Yemen.

Yemeni Ministry of Information Doesn’t Understand Press Law

Filed under: GPC, Media, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:15 am on Monday, May 14, 2007

The good news from this YT article is the new PM ordered the Information Ministry to issue the license, however they decided not to and based the decision on an ignorant or farcical reading of the press law.

SANA’A, May 13 — As a follow up of their case against the Ministry of Information, journalists, civil society, political leaders and others lead by Women Journalists Without Constraints organization protested in front of the Ministry demanding it to adhere to the Prime Minister’s instruction. The journalists had protested last Saturday in front of Yemen’s Information Ministry and Prime Minister Ali Mujawar’s office demanding him to interfere in the oppression against the organization.

As a consequence of the previous protest, a delegation of five representatives to the prime minister to explain the issue of granting newspaper licenses in general and the WJWC issue in particular resulted in him explicitly instructing the ministry to grant the group a newspaper license quickly and without hindrance. An instruction that met a dead end at the Ministry of Information.

Commenting on the WJWC issue and the protest, Ibrahim Abdulhabeeb, general director of the Information Ministry’s Press and Publications, commented: “The application was rejected because organizations and associations are only allowed to issue a private newsletter with limited circulation to their members to highlight their activities, unlike political parties, which are allowed to have their own general political newspapers.” He justified this, commenting that since there are more than 6,000 organizations in Yemen, it’s nonsense for all of them to have licenses to establish newspapers.

However, article number 40 of the Press Code contradicts this allegation as it clearly stipulates the right of organsiations among others to issue their own newspapers, confirmed Dr. Mohammad Al-MIkhlafi head of the legislations department at Sana’a University. (Read on …)

Shadow Female Parliament Planned

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Women's Issues, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:55 am on Monday, May 14, 2007

almotamar.net – Director of the Democracy School in Yemen, an organisation concerned with democracy and human rights, said Saturday that all arrangements are completed for a project of woman parliament in Yemen.

Director of the School Jamal al-Shamy told almotamar.net the goal of the parliament is qualification of women to take part in the parliamentary experiment of 2009 considering the present parliament as not having women MPs except the one MP Oras Sultan Naji representing the General People’s Congress.

On her part the director of the woman parliament project said the woman parliament aims at the 162 Yemeni women who nominated themselves in the previous parliamentary and local elections, and who represent different political parties. The aim is to make them engage in the election process of parliament and local elections that Yemen is experiencing as part of the democratic pursuit the pillars of which have been laid by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Ms Muna al-Harithi added to almotamar.net the projects aims at preparing women to participate in the parliamentary process of 2009 without the need for their partisan qualification. There will also be discussion of the woman issues every three months by holding one meeting every three months as well as encouraging the woman to elect women regardless of the partisan affiliation, affirming that the project will not confine the woman inside one closed circle but rather would unleash the woman abilities to interact with the issues undertaken by the parliament as a legislative power.

She said the project will begin next August by holding the first meeting of the parliament to be chaired by the eldest member and to elect speaker and her two deputies. Participants in the parliament will be informed that the shadow parliament is a non-governmental and non-partisan establishment even if some of its members are party affiliates. Also, she said, the meeting will discuss and define the form in which announcement of results of meetings as well as proposals and ideas in addition to providing necessary mechanisms for continuation of this experiment.

al-Mithaq via YT

Manager of Woman Department at the Supreme Commission for Election and Referendum (SCER) Elham Abdulwahab said the Yemeni Woman Political Empowerment Program aims to nominate as many as 66 qualified women for the coming parliamentary elections through three mechanisms, the ruling party-affiliated weekly reported on its front page. It quoted Abdulwahab as saying, “The SCER is due to start implementing the project in the middle of 2007 and until the middle of 2008. The project includes the training of 66 women, with an average of 3 women from each governorate, in coordination and cooperation with civil community organizations and political parties and organizations.”

The woman leader continued to say that the project carries a new vision on how to ensure increase of women seats at Parliament in the coming parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place in 2009. According to Abdulwahab, the project is a summary of three national legislative components, as well as international conventions and agreements approved by Yemen.

Gun Control

Filed under: GPC, Proliferation, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:48 am on Sunday, May 13, 2007

almotamar.net – Deputy premier, the minister of interior Dr Rashad al-Alimi said Monday his ministry is to create an office and two telephone lines to receive any possible complaints from investors so that to solve their problems. This comes a part of the serious steps the Yemeni government is carrying out for providing the convenient environment for investment.

In a statement published by Al-Siyassiyah daily today Dr al-Alimi said his ministry has three projects to be implemented in the upcoming period. They are the closing down of all weapon selling shops, limiting the number of senior state officials bodyguards and gathering all heavy and medium weapons in the next six months and this is the project that supports the government trends towards providing security and stability in Yemen.

The minister also said the ministry will supervise the process of selling personal weapons of the citizens and issuing special permits.

Government Travel Restricted

Filed under: Diplomacy, GPC, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Friday, May 11, 2007

Whatever happened to the very well publicized 2005 plan to close down some overseas embassys that were draining the budget? Romania I think was on the list.

YO:

The cabinet has agreed to implement an order preventing officials and employees of the government from traveling outside Yemen, except when they must do as part of their official duties. The cabinet agreed on the resolution presented by the Ministry of Finance, which argued for regulating the process of traveling outside the country. The decision states that officials and employees of the government should travel only if they have a well-defined ceremonial assignment or must attend a meeting with committees and organizations that Yemen is a member of.

However they are not allowed to travel for the purpose of “fact-finding”, often a euphemism for a government paid vacation that has very little to do with official duties, and are equally barred from arranging for repeated similar traveling assignments. Furthermore, the cabinet reviewed the training plan for the leadership of the local authorities for the current year, which was presented by the Ministry of Local Administration. (Read on …)

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.

Politicized Education at Sana’a University

Filed under: Education, GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:49 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2007

Al-Shawa

May 9, 2007-The student sectors of the Joint Meeting Parties have warned of escalating their peaceful protests in solidarity with their 7 colleagues who will be deprived of entering exams of the current semester according to the faculty’s decision issued against them.

They condemned the abuses and infringements practiced by the languages faculty,Sana’a University against them and freedom of expression at the largest campus in the sate, demanding at the same time to drop down that arbitrary decision.

They further appealed their partners to unify against oppression and abuses they are suffering inside the university.

It is worth reclaiming that the decision was issued against the students as they hung posters which called students to post articles to al-Shams paper as a right ensured by the Yemeni constitution.

Update: Strike begins

May 12, 2007- A well-informed source in the General Union of Yemeni students expressed solidarity with Sana’a University staff as they are deprived of their rights.

The Student Union cast responsibly for the strike on the university presidency, since it has not fulfilled its agreement with the staff syndicate.

Sana’a University staff started partial strike which will start form 12 -14 May, threatening at the same time to set up all-out strike from May 19.

The aforementioned source called on the University rector to resign if he has no ability to keep his obligations, pointing out to the risks of the strike particularly when the current semester is to be finished soon.

Teachers

YO May 26: The Academic Staff Union of Sana’a University suspended its total strike for two weeks, after the administration of the union met with Prime Minister Ali Mujawar last Saturday, April 19. Mujawar promised to help them to achieve their demands. Mujawar agreed to most of the professors’ demands, saying they would be accomplished this year, but some were postponed to the budget of 2008, said Professor Saleh al-Sanabani, the Financial Officer at the union.

Mujawar ordered the Ministry of Civil Service and Insurance to apply the law with regard to raising the salaries, bonuses, promotions for the professors and their assistants, and the reinstatement of salaries for retired professors and the families of deceased professors, as well as the reforming the professors and their assistants’ housing situation, according to the wages schedule in encoded in the law. So, the professors are to receive a YR 30,000 tax-exempt housing stipend per month, retroactively from January through May of this year. Furthermore, the budget for scientific research will be increased.

The union members will also get the remainder of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s gift of 700 computers. Some 400 will be from the university and 300 from Saleh. “The granted lands for the professors were taken by the Air Defense forces. Mujawar told the Minister of the Interior to compensate the professors with other lands,” al-Sanabani said. But the professors demanded that the government build them housing inside the university campus.

“There are very vast lands inside the university campus that can be enough to build houses, a university hospital and sports field,” he said. The previous prime minister formed a committee of the ministers of higher education, civil service and insurance, and finance, to study the possibility of the administrations of those ministries becoming financially independent of the Yemeni Universities.

“Mujawar ordered this committee to continue its work to achieve the independence of the universities,” al-Sanabani said. Mujawar charged all the Academic Staff Union of the Yemeni universities to offer a vision about the law of retirement to the Ministry of High Education. Then it will be raised by the cabinet, and finally to the Parliament to approve it.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saleh ba Sura, the Minister of Education, Abdul-Salam al-Jawfi, and the Minster of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Kamal al-Jabri and Khalid Tumaim the Chancellor of Sana’a University.

Saleh speaks at ASECAA conference

Filed under: Diplomacy, GPC, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:45 am on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The King of Spin disparages the one party system.

almotamar.net – President Ali Abdullah Saleh affirmed that “The issues have become moving from centralization to decentralization and they will be realized in a bigger way when some constitutional amendments are done for the election of governors and heads of administrative units. Then the government task remains for planning, programming and supervision and follow-up so that the ministers will not change into executive managers and directors general. Their work will be planning, supervising and follow-up and the job will be left to executive managers in the governorates to work and bear the responsibility.”

Receiving Tuesday the participants in the second conference of the association of senate, Shura and Equivalent councils in Africa and the Arab world (ASSECAA) president Saleh added that the governorate and the local authority are the parties that draw up budget of the governorate and they know concerns of the citizens due to their nearness to them and in turn they refer those concerns to the central government that it adopts. Some revenues, instead of coming from the central government, the governorate councils collect them and consequently that would achieve positive successes because the citizen will be the beneficiary, the president said. ” They are in need of building a school, a mosque or building a water project or health centre for treatment of the sick and that made members of the local authority keen to collect revenues that were neglected and the c entrap government was not able to collect them,” president Saleh said.

The president clarified that there is now competition among the governorates for collecting the revenues the law has empowered them for building projects while there are central revenues which are the specialization and central right of the state such as oil and minerals, customs and taxes and seaports. He said the local authority in Yemen consists of about 7 thousand leading members of decision makers participating in the development process and services and they are decision makers.

President Saleh said the one-party imposes its own vision without giving opportunity to others to express their ideas and we have adopted the political and party pluralism for seventeen years and will not back of from that.” We have press freedom and we held three parliamentary session and two sessions for presidential and local elections that all were transparent and the world has witnessed that. Nevertheless we are working on conducting some constitutional amendments to establish the parliamentary bi-cameral system, an amendment on election of governors and heads of districts to limit centralization and expand the base of people’s participation.” (Read on …)

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.

Addressing the Yemeni Civil War, ten years later

Filed under: GPC, Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:03 am on Monday, May 7, 2007

This on the other hand is good news, resolving one issue lingering and causing discontent since the 1994 civil war by equally applying the current wages law to include former Southern soldiers.

Could addressing systematic land theft be next? Probably not, considering that would require confronting the “influential persons” who are stealing it.

SANA’A, May 5 — Both partisan and media sources report that military and security leaders have promised to improve the living conditions of those personnel forced to retire following the 1994 Civil War.

The sources add, “Deputy Premier Interior Minister Rashad Al-Alimi last week ordered forming a committee headed by Deputy Minister of Interior for Financial Affairs Riyadh Al-Qirshi to look into the demands of the ministry’s pensioners, who initiated an open sit-in last month in conjunction with a similar sit-in by armed forces pensioners.”

Meanwhile, the committee decided to reinstate to their units those who were forced to retire and illegally referred to pension, as well as grant them their entitlements, including recent salary increases ensured according to the Wages and Salary Law.

Similarly, the Ministry of Defense is preparing to resolve the problems of army pensioners in collaboration with the Civil Service Ministry. Preparations will include those from southern and eastern Yemen who were forced to retire and illegally referred to pension following the 1994 Civil War.

26September.net reported Abdullah Al-Kaboudi, director of financial affairs at the Defense Ministry, as saying that his ministry has conducted numerous meetings with concerned authorities to come up with solutions within the coming days.

Hundreds of pensioners from southern and eastern Yemen staged a peaceful sit-in for more than a month, demanding settling their issues and granting them their deserved entitlements.

Yemeni authorities who won the 1994 Civil War discharged thousands of military and civil employees from southern and eastern Yemeni governorates.

In a letter to Prime Minister Ali Mujawar, the Social Pensioners Association in Aden, Abyan and Hadramout requested he include pensioners from those areas within the Wage Law’s new salary strategy.

“Nearly two years have passed since July 7, 2005, when pensioners whose salaries are less than YR 15,978 deserved increases to become equal to the minimum salary of pensioners decided in the new strategy,” the letter stated.

The pensioners also asked the prime minister to grant them their entitlements retroactively, beginning from July 1, 2006, as is the case with all state employees, in addition to raising the minimum salary of pensioners to YR 20,000 (approximately $100).

The chairman of the pensioners association pointed out that the group sent lists of pensioners from Aden, Abyan and Hadramout to the Ministry of Civil Service and Insurance, which referred them to the Finance Ministry.

Many observers stress the importance of managing price hikes by increasing pensioners’ salaries, noting that Article 63 of the Pension Law states that pensioners should receive 50 percent of any salary increase granted to those in service.

Although the law’s second clause of Article 77 was implemented correctly, pensioners didn’t receive their due increases, despite the fact that prices have increased 10 times since the Pension Law was issued.

In his research published by Al-Ayyam daily newspaper, former U.N. expert Mohammed Basharahil hints that Civil Service Minister Hamoud Al-Soufi is responsible for observing price increases and reporting the matter to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

He suggests establishing an economic department at the Civil Service Ministry whose main tasks would be to observe price increases and their effect on citizens’ lives, especially when such increases exceed five percent.

Basharahil pointed out that although the minimum wage was set at YR 20,000 in the 2005 Wages and Salary Law, prices so far have increased 35 percent. He maintains that after two years, Yemeni minimum wage actually should be no less than YR 100,000 after two years.

He adds that if there’s no mechanism to implement appropriate laws, poverty among pensioners will increase.

New Editors

Filed under: GPC, Media, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:42 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2007

almotamar.net – an organisation decision signed Saturday Secretary-General of the General People’s Congress GPC Abdulqader Bajammal appointed journalist Abdullah al-Hadhrami Editor-in-Chief of al-Mithaq daily organ of the GPC and journalist Abdulmalik al-Fahidi Editor-in-Chief of almotamar.net website.

Commenting on those changes the assistant Secretary-General of the GPC Sheikh Sultan al-Barakani made it clear that the changes are aimed to enhance the role of the ruling party media \t both organisation and national levels.

Almotamar.net has learnt that procedures of assuming their posts will take part on Monday.

al-Alimi: Three Security Plans

Filed under: GPC, Proliferation, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:55 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2007

SANA’A, April 23 (26sep.net)- Deputy premier and Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi said that his ministry would set up an office and two phone lines to receive and resolve investors’ complaints according to measures prepared by the government to find a superior environment for investment.

He said that Interior Ministry would implement three plans in near future including closing weapons markets across the country according to a resolution the cabinet would approve in its meeting on Tuesday.

Al-Alimi said that the second plan would be limiting the number of bodyguards of senior officials and identifying their moves and uniforms.

“The third plan includes launching a campaign to collect heavy and medium weapons from local markets in the following six months to guarantee security and stability in the country”, said al-Alimi.

Al-Alimi noted that the ministry would supervise collecting small weapons, paying compensations and issuing licenses.

Some 650 foreign and Gulf investors attended on Sunday the conference of Exploring Investment Opportunities in Yemen organized by the Yemeni government and the secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to find investment opportunities in Yemen.

Sa’ada Update

Filed under: GPC, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Friday, April 20, 2007

Yemen Times:

SA’ADA, April 18 – According to tribal sources, clashes between the Yemeni army and Houthi loyalists have expanded to include every district in Sa’ada governorate, including Razih district, which is very near the Saudi border.

The confrontations also have extended to include Al-Adhel and Bra’ash mountain areas, together with Al-Ghail Valley east of Sa’ada. Fighting is ongoing in Qahlah Mountain, very near Sahar district, and Badr city, the capital of Ghamer district; however, the sources didn’t mention losses on either side.

They further revealed that the crisis reached Razih two weeks ago, although the area hadn’t been involved since the beginning of the 2004 Sa’ada war, when hundreds of Houthis were in the district. In return, the Yemeni army, supported by fighters, began attacking villages and positions where Houthis exist, especially Al-Shwarek area and the mountains facing Burkan area.

“The recent tensions have paralyzed movement in the markets and residents, who are filled with fear, have begun digging trenches and caches to avoid air raids as well as mortars and Katyusha missiles fired randomly at the area,” the sources explained. (Read on …)

Political Tribalism in al-Ja’ashen, Yemen

Filed under: GPC, Janes Articles, Presidency, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The winds of change may be sweeping across Yemen. President Ali Abdullah Saleh recently appointed Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawar as Prime Minister. Formerly the Minister of Electricity, Mujawar comes to the post with a strong reputation as an academic and a technocrat. This change in leadership was followed by a cabinet shuffle in April that brought eleven new ministers on board. The enthusiasm of the new government is palpable. However, the Cabinet’s ability to act decisively is limited by countervailing authority seated outside governmental institutions. (Read on …)

Local News

Filed under: Corruption, Economic, GPC, Investment, Water, Yemen, theft: land other — by Jane Novak at 8:25 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

YT

TAIZ

Influential person demolishes home with residents insides

April 15 — One of the influential persons in Al-Hasab area in Taiz, aided by a group of policemen, demolished a house, belonging to the citizen, Mr. Awadh Saif Al-Selwi while women and children were inside under the pretext that this person is one of the landlord’s heirs. The mother of the children revealed that policemen, accompanied by gunmen, came aboard police vehicles and raided the house without giving them any chance to go outside.

HAJJAH

Water Corporation threatened of bankruptcy

April 14 — Officials in Hajja governorate’s Local Water Corporation mentioned that the corporation, which is only two years old, is bound to collapse and threatened of bankruptcy due to the heavy loans it granted to social personalities in the governorate. Local sources said that the debts on social personalities to the corporation amount up to YR 120 million. They added that corporation hardly pay the salaries of workers and the operating expenses.

IBB

NUPO criticizes ruling party’s policy

April 15 — The Ibb Branch of Nasserite Unionist Popular Organization (NUPO) expressed concern about obstacles posed to projects funded by the exceptional budget of Ibb Governorate. It said that the money is wasted and the projects are randomly implemented under the pretext that those in charge of works have limited time to complete them as the 17th anniversary of the National Unity is drawing nearer. In addition,The party’s branch released a statement criticising the ruling party’s policy with regard to transforming the development projects into seasonal ones.

Parliament Rejects Corruption Commission List for Second Time

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Parliament, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:02 am on Monday, April 16, 2007

Well I guess the good news is that Parliament is refusing to accept a stooge corruption commission from the Shoura council; the bad news is, its a stooge corruption commission.

almotamar.net – The parliament on Sunday returned for the second time a report on candidate for the committee of fighting corruption to the committee entrusted with receiving the 30 candidates referred by the Shoura Council. Committee has issued two reports that were returned to it for the same reason related to examining and checking the nominees documents.

On the other hand the committee was not expanded by adding new members to the five MPs chaired by deputy speaker and the committee was not replaced by a new one as requested by some members of the parliament, particularly the deputy head of the General; People’s Congress parliamentary bloc Yasser al-Awadhi who considered the parliament has made two mistakes; first when it entrusted the selection of 30 persons for the membership of the corruption fighting committee and the second in the formation of the parliamentary committee for receiving and inspection of the candidates’ documents as well as his request for holding an open hearing session of the candidates of the committee of fighting corruption.

MP Ali al-Amrani supported his request and said the parliament has two options; either to recognize that the law of fighting corruption needs amendment or to accept what has come from the Shoura Council. He also suggested that parliamentary blocs bear their responsibility in choosing 11 candidates from the 30 ones before putting the names to vote at the parliament. Al-Amrani affirmed the task of the corruption fighting body is struggling and it is not enough to be good persons to undertake this task.

HOOD’s recommendation for selection proceedures.

YO, more.

Parliament Discusses Grievences of Former Military

Filed under: GPC, Military, Parliament, Yemen, theft: land other — by Jane Novak at 7:56 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Thats very good.

almotamar.net – The parliament on Tuesday sent a request of 29 MPs for the consideration of issues related to problems of pensioned military men to the defence and security committee at the parliament and to discuss them with relevant government institutions to meet those retired people demands. They are mainly related to grant them military promotions dating back to 19900 as well as financial dues and plots of lands for houses.

In this regard MP Abdulaziz Jabbari who is member of the workforce committee suggested to MP Aidarous al-Naqeeb who aroused that subject to propose what he wants during the discussion of a report on the workforce regarding the progress of implementing the strategy of wages and salaries that includes its application to the military men.

On the other hand the MPs reviewed a report presented by the committee of trade and industry about its field visits of a number of governorates to see the reality of investment and difficulties facing investments. The parliament also listened to report by the committee of services regarding demolition of houses in the district of Dar Saad in Aden governorate by the local authority as well as complaint by tenants in the part used for selling qat at Al-Qahira market, in Mansoura district.

Related: GPC re-elects leadership.

Anti-Corruption Minister Transfered in Shuffle

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:37 pm on Monday, April 9, 2007

YT Oped on the Reshuffle

understand that the change of the government should have taken place right after the presidential and local elections last September in order to create a hope for the people in the possibility of change. It is not, of course, a change for the sake of changing faces. It is rather change of policies and mechanisms of functioning of the government ministers that we are aspiring to see.

The decree of President Ali Abdullah Saleh naming Ali Mujawar as a new prime minister comes to address international pressure on the political regime to introduce drastic reforms. Yes, this is not just the demand of the international donors who promised to channel over $4 billion at the London conference last November but also of the Yemeni citizens who hope to see the presidential promises coming true.

However, the outcome has been disappointing because Saif Al-Asali who started cracking down corruption in the ministry of finance, has been removed and given the industry and commerce portfolio. The man who now commands the respect of everybody rejected the new ministry as he felt that he lost his post because of his stiff measures to address corruption issues. He was victimized so as to appease the influential figures who were annoyed by Al-Asali’s policies. This really creates doubts about the readiness and willingness of the regime to handle serious reforms.

Change of persons or names is not enough to show the international community that there is a will to reform. What matters is having an institutionalized system that can operate professionally, with accountability and transparency. Mujawar and his cabinet members need to have enough power and privileges to operate without any influences either from the cronies around the president or any other influential figures who always thwart all efforts of reform.

The reshuffled cabinet will not be able to address major headaches facing Yemen like corruption, poverty, unemployment and other sorts of such stuff unless its members are competent enough and have strong support from the president himself, particularly those ministers whose portfolios are concerned with implementing drastic reforms. This is because they will have to challenge some big guys at the power centers who are targeted by such kind of reforms. They need also to feel that in return of the political backup they get, they will be held accountable for any wrongdoing or irresponsibility. I was a bit optimistic that the new cabinet is meant to do so but after the change of the finance minister, I am not hopeful about the ability of the cabinet to address our major challenges.

We have written about the potentials of change several times and in different occasions. But, no concrete results have been seen out of cabinet changes or reshuffles. Therefore, I guess that the political regime with its cabinet is facing a serious test of their capability and competence to bring in tangible reforms. Reforms are at this critical situation urgent and indispensable and can not be postponed any more.

Yemeni Cabinet Reshuffled Again

Filed under: Donors, UN, GPC, Presidency, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:00 pm on Friday, April 6, 2007

Sana’a, NewsYemen

The new cabinet reshuffle announced Thursday included only 11 new faces, restored a ministry for expatriates and invented a new ministry for electricity and energy, keeping 17 ministers and moving four.

The new reshuffle, which comes two weeks before a conference on Exploring Investments Opportunities in Yemen in April 22-23, is said to be a result of outside pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh towards more reforms.

Last Saturday, Saleh named his electricity minister, Ali Mujawar, as prime minister to replace Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal, who has been criticized by donor countries for weak policies against corruption.

Among the key changes is the moving of Finance Minister Sayf al-Asali to the industry and trade ministry. Al-Asali stated many times that Yemen could have support for reforms from the sectors trade and industry better than donors, so his moving was expected, according to observers.

Al-Asali told NewsYemen he will not accept to handle the new ministry, saying he will resign. Al-Asali was replaced by Nouman al-Souhaibi, who was previously the head of the Tax Authority.

Key ministers were not replaced, including foreign affairs, oil and minerals, defense, interior and information. This slight change in the government is the second in a short period as a major reshuffle took place in February 2006.

Despite talking about technocratic government the changes do not indicate so as, for example, the minister of endowments was moved to the ministry of youth and sports.

Observers say that by the current shake-up, Saleh, who was re-elected for a new seven-year term last September and has reforms agenda, intended to signal to international donors that he was keen to press ahead with economic reforms.

The new ministers include also Khaled al-Wazir, for transport, Mansour al-Houshabi for agriculture, Kamal al-Jabri for communications, Mohammad al-Maflahi for culture and Saleh Sumayie for expatriate affairs, who respectively were named to head the transport, agriculture, communications.

President Saleh’s advisor for atomic energy affairs Mustafa Bahran was named to replace Mujawar in the electricity and energy portfolio and Hamoud al-Hitar, a judge who famously led a dialogue with Islamic militants during the past few years, was appointed as religious endowment and guidance minister. These two changes seem to be the only technocratic change.

The governor of the south-eastern province of Hadhramout, Abdul- Qader Ali Hilal, was named local administration minister to replace Sadiq Amin Abdu-Ras.

The only female ministers in the new cabinet were Huda al-Ban who took over the human rights ministry, and the Labour and Social Affairs Minister Amatul-Razzaq Humad, who again got the post.

Those remaining in the cabinet include Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr al-Qerbi; Oil and Minerals Minister Khaled Mahfudh Bahah; Defence Minister Brigadier General Muhammad Nassir Ahmad Ali; Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi; and Information Minister Hassan Ahmad al- Lawzi, whose ministry was expected to be canceled and changed into a council of information.

Also keeping his post was Planning and International Cooperation Minister Abdul-Kareem al-Arhabi, who played a critical role in the success of the London conference last November, in which the country received pledges of 4.7 billion dollars in aid over the next four years.

Observers say that the changes which might be made to satisfy the donors especially the Gulf countries seem to be out of the goal and not satisfactory.

SANA’A, April 05 (Saba)- A republican dictum No. 50 of 2007 was issued on Thursday to assign cabinet members.

According to the Yemeni Constitution, and the presidential decree No. 8 of 2007 that appointed Ali Mujawar to form the new government the following two decrees were issued:

1-Cabinet is reshuffled as follows:

1- Ali Mohammed Mujawar: Prime Minister

2- Rashad Mohammed al-Alimi: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior

3- Abdul-Karim Ismail al-Arhabi: Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation

4- Hassan Ahmed al-Lawzi: Minister of Information

5- Abu Bakr al-Qirbi: Minister of Foreign Affairs
6- Hamoud Mohammed Ubad: Minister of Youth and Sports

7- Rashad Ahmed al-Rassas: Minister of Legal Affairs

8- Abdul-Salam Mohammed al-Jawfi: Minister of Education

9- Hamoud Khalid al-Soufi: Minister of Civil Service and Insurance

10- Adnan Umar al-Jafri: Minister of State forParliamentary and Shura Council Affairs

11- Mohammed Nasser Ahmed: Minister of Defense
12- Abdul-Karim Rase: Minister of Public Health and Population

13- Yahya al-Mutawakel: Minister of Industry and Trade
14- Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Saghiri: Minister of Fisheries Wealth

15- Ghazi Shaif al-Aghbari: Minister of Justice

16- Saleh Ali Ba Surrah: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

17- Amat al-Razaq Ali Humad: Minister of Social and Labor Affairs

18- Nabil Hasan al-Faqih: Minister of Tourism

19- Umar Abdullah al-Kurshumi Minister of Public Works and Roads

20- Abdul-Rahman Fadhl al-Iryani: Minister of Water and Environment

21- Khalid Mahfoud Bahah: Minister of Oil and Minerals

22- Mustafa Yahya Buhran: Minister of Electricity and Energy
23- Hamoud abdul-Hamid al-Hitar: Minister of Religious Endowment and Islamic Affairs

24- Abdul-Qadir Ali Hilal: Minister of Local Administration

25- Saleh Hasan Sumai: Minister of Expatriates Affairs
26- Numan Saleh al-Suhaibi: Minister of Finance

27- Kamal Hussein al-Jabri: Minister of Communications and Information Technology

28- Mansour Ahmed al-Hawshabi: Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation

29- Ibrahim Umar Hajri: Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training

30- Mohammed Abu Bakr al-Maflahi: Minister of Culture
31- Khalid Ibrahim al-Wazir: Minister of Transport

32- Huda Abdul-Latif al-Ban: Minister of Human Rights

33- Yahya Mohammed al-Shaibi: Minister of State and Mayor of Sana’a

2-This decree enters into force from the date of issuance and to be published on the official gazette.

The appointed ministers would say the constitutional oath before
President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday.

Yahoo

Yemen’s finance minister, who lost his job in a cabinet reshuffle, has rejected the new portfolio offered to him, an official said according to a report.

On Thursday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh dumped Seif Mahyub al-Assali from the finance ministry in a partial reorganisation of the cabinet, naming the former head of internal revenue, Nooman al-Dhahiri, to replace him.

Assali was offered the top job at the commerce and industry post, but rejected it.

In statements published on the Yemen News Internet site, Assali was quoted as accusing “forces who were affected by my policies at the finance ministry with exerting pressure” to have him removed from the post.

The source said Saleh has now named Yahia al-Mutawakkel in Assali’s stead.

Saleh’s new ministerial line-up marked the return of key ministers to replace the reshuffled cabinet of former prime minister Abdel Kader Bajammal.

The new government will be led by premier-designate Ali Mohammad Mujawar, electricity minister in the outgoing cabinet.

No reasons were given for the replacement of the government led by Bajammal since 2003.

A presidential decree said the important portfolios of interior, defence, foreign affairs, oil and information would remain unchanged.

Priority on foreign investment

26 Septemper News: SANA’A, April 07. Prime Minister Ali Mujawar made it clear, on Saturday, that general program for the new government would primarily focus on improving and updating constitutional, regulating and frame aspects of investment environment so as to attract investors of various fields.

“The Yemeni government is keen on providing all required facilitations to encourage local and foreign investment in order to realize the government objectives of boosting private sector role in the economic and social development as well as creating sufficient work opportunities,” Mujawar said to Saba.

Also as a result of the shuffle:

AM The governor of Hadramout Taha Hajir stressed the importance of surmounting all difficulties and offering all facilities to local and foreign investors as one of the priorities of his new tasks in the governorate of Hadramout after he was appointed as governor succeeding Abdulqader Hilal who has been given the portfolio of the Local administration in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

Governor Hajir in a statement to almotamar.net Monday has welcomed investors of different nationalities who desire to invest in the governorate of Hadramout, promising to offer all facilities, privileges and guarantees; institutional and legal.

Challenges Facing the New Yemeni PM

Filed under: GPC, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:53 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2007

You know, I might be able to muster some hopefullness if the corruption commission didnt turn out to be a joke. The article is a comprehensive overview of the challenges the new PM faces.

Al-Hayat: Sana’a – The new Yemeni government that Electricity Minister Ali Muhammad al-Mujur was entrusted with forming the day before yesterday inherits an enormous economic legacy and huge developmental challenges. It is required to take radical reform steps to complete the creation of an investment environment, fight corruption, and strengthen relations with donors and Gulf States, which are waiting for Yemen to adopt more than mere propaganda measures in the field of economic reforms.

The Yemeni people and those concerned with economy are very optimistic because of the professional background of the new prime minister, who is known for his strictness and seriousness in taking decisions when he was the Fisheries and then the Electricity Minister, and for his academic background in economy and administration. Most economic observers take into consideration the heavy burdens contained in the farewell letter that Yemen’s President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, addressed to the outgoing Prime Minister, Abdel Kader Bajammal. There, he defined the tasks of the new government, which included, as far as economy is concerned, what follows: fighting poverty, corruption and unemployment; speeding up development; increasing the standard of living; completing the implementation of the national program for financial, economic and administrative reforms; working to create the appropriate atmosphere and climate to stimulate and attract investments in the framework of the third five-year plan for economic and social development (2006-2010). (Read on …)

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 …)

al-Zindani named in US Federal Court as Coordinator of Cole Bombing

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Religious, USS Cole, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2007

One of the findings in the case against Sudan by the Cole families was that al-Zindani selected the suicide bombers who blew up the USS Cole, killing 17 US sailors.

Jamestown:

Al-Zindani was recently identified in a U.S. federal court as the coordinator of the October 2000 suicide attack in Aden harbor on the USS Cole. A two and a half year-old lawsuit filed in Virginia by the families of the 17 servicemen killed in the bombing has recently finished by finding the country of Sudan responsible for the attack, opening the way for compensation payments from the US$68 million in Sudanese assets frozen by the U.S. government. The suit also alleged that al-Zindani selected the two suicide bombers that carried out the strike, although the sheikh was never charged by Yemeni authorities with complicity in the attack (The Virginian-Pilot, March 12). Yemen’s minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, welcomed the decision, ignoring the alleged role of al-Zindani, while declaring the verdict proof that Yemen was in no way involved in the attack on the U.S. destroyer.

The Wheat Monopoly Again

Filed under: Agriculture, Business, GPC, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:04 am on Monday, April 2, 2007

Prices shot up around Ramadan, I think it was, and officials discovered five warehouses where traders were hourding wheat. But like many other cases, without intergovernmental cooperation, which was not forthcoming, there was little to do but have the businessmen sign a pledge to release the wheat into the market.

SANA’A, Apr. 1 – The price of wheat has increased dramatically in the Yemeni market as the price of wheat sack increased from YR3250 to reach YR3500 on Friday.

This price increase comes as result of a message, sent by Yemeni Economic Corporation Brig. Ali Mohammed Al-Kuhlani, to the parliment dennouncing the lack of strategic wheat stock and the rise in price expected in coming days, according to tradesmen.

Al-Kuhlani pointed out the last offer he received was US $305 per ton and accused the Ministry of Finance and Yemen’s Central Bank of dealing irresponsibly with President Saleh and the Prime Minister’s directives together with Parliament recommendations regarding supplying a strategic stock.

President Saleh earlier asked the corporation to import wheat to compensate for the insufficiency of the supplied quantities and the price increase.

In last Tuesday’s session, Member of Parliament Shawqi Shamsan demanded that Parliament discuss a document regarding the lack of strategic stock and expected price increase. However, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament did not respond to this demand.

MP, and member of the Trade and Industry Committee Saleh Fareed declared the document does reflect the randomness and lack of planning on the government’s part and its irresponsibility towards citizens’ issues.

A member of Yemeni Socialist Party block in the parliment called people to demonstrate against the deteriorating situation, while a report submitted by the Trade Committee earlier revealed a monopoly on the part of businessmen and government indifference in this regard.

For his part, MP Abdul Karim Shaiban disclosed the existence of special accounts and expenses not included in the state budget and further accused Finance Minister Saif Al-Asali of trying merely to keep his post rather than improving his Ministry’s performance, combat corruption and protect public money. He also asked him to abolish any accounts not included in the budget.

Al-Asali considered this criticism to be revenge against him because of his past in Islah and his decision to join the General Peoples’ Congress government. Other consumer commodities have witnessed a price increase including flour, yogurt, vegetable oil, milk, and sugar.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: ADEN, April 02(Saba)- Yemen exported Monday 5000 tons of wheat to Egypt through Al-Muala harbor. The same harbor exported also 20 tons of canned tuna to the United Arab Emirates and 17 tons of biscuits to Seralion in Africa. The source said that 22000 tons of sugar and 9000 tons of iron have been also loaded into the harbor.

Dr. Mujawar, Yemen’s New Prime Minister, Bio

Filed under: GPC, Presidency, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:27 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2007

Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawar (Mugawwar) (Megwar)

Born in 1953 in Shabwah province in the former South Yemen

1981 BA in economic management from University of Algers, Algeria

1987 MS in economic management from Grenoble University France

1991 PhD in production management from Grenoble University France

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2001 Dean of Administrative sciences faculty, Aden university

- Dean of the faculty of economy, University of Aden.

- Member of the higher studies committee of Administrative sciences faculty, university of Aden.

1999 – 2000 Director general of Barah cement factory

1996 – 1999 Dean of the faculty of oil and minerals – Aden university

1994 – 1996 Head of business management section, faculty of economy, Aden university

1981 – 2006 Deputy general director of land transportation corporation in Shabwa

Government Ministerial Posts

1/2006 – 4/2007 Minister of Electricity

2003 – 2006 Minister of Fish Wealth.

Beyond his reputation of a self made academic and technocrat, and generally a decent and honest man, little known about his political views. His appointment may have been a bid to appease donors.

A JMP spokesman commented on the appointement, saying “We don’t expect that the new cabinet will make a difference because Yemeni cabinets don’t rule in the prevailing autocratic regime where all power is invested in the head of the state. The powers of cabinets in reality are limited, while cliques behind the scene who are close to the power centre have greater power and influence than formal cabinets and ministers”.

BaJammal remains in his capacity of Secretary General of the GPC:

“26sep.net”. H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, issued today a republican decree to mandate Dr. Ali M. Mujawar for formation a new government portfolio posts.

President of the Republic posted a letter to Professor Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal expressing his thanks and appreciation for his role in the leadership of the government and his presidency for the Cabinet lineup for three successive terms.

The letter pointed out to the nature and embarrassing period which Yemen lives in, the letter indicates to the urgent need for all efforts to face all challenges and to overcome the difficulties and obstacles which hinder Yemen progress.

Bajamal will be appointed as a general secretary of the General People Congress as the letter shows.

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Another Cabinet Reshuffle in Yemen?

Filed under: GPC, Janes Articles, Presidency, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:01 am on Saturday, March 31, 2007

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday asked the country’s electricity minister to form a new government, as international pressure builds on Yemen to introduce reforms, a government official said.

Saleh who issued a presidential decree asking Ali Mohammed Megawar to form a new cabinet, was re-elected in September.

“We expect new faces in the new cabinet,” an official told Reuters. “I do not think it would be announced before one week.”

It was not clear if the oil minister will remain in his post.

Analysts in Yemen said Saleh took this step to show the donors such as the World Bank that he was serious about political and economic reforms.

Yemen is a country facing substantial problems. It is one of the most undeveloped, poverty stricken countries globally. Basic services are scarce, and corruption is rampant. Half of Yemen’s 20 million citizens are under 15. High fertility rates and early marriage mean the population will double within decades. Oil, a mainstay of the economy, is rapidly depleting. Both illiteracy and unemployment are high. International donors and many within the Yemeni administration recognize the urgency of the issues facing the nation. However some governmental strategies are undermined from within the regime itself. Both water management and corruption mitigation efforts have been limited by the failure of ministries to coordinate among themselves.

Yemen is among the most water scarce nations globally. In rural areas where most Yemenis live, only 37% have access to clean water, and women often spend several hours daily procuring water. Potable water is available in 58% of urban areas, but supplies are erratic. Public water is piped into Taiz and some other urban centers once every forty days. Citizens pay for water from private wells, a burden considering the average annual income in Yemen is about only $500,

Water scarcity takes an enormous human toll. One in ten Yemeni children dies before their fifth birthday. Water borne diseases (diarrhea, typhoid and malaria) are the cause of half of those deaths. A 2005 Parliamentary report stated 75 percent of all Yemenis face health risks from dirty water. Water is also a flashpoint for violence. Taiz residents held street protests demanding water which resulted in clashes with security forces in 2006. A 2006 study by the Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation found water related issues are a contributing factor in 80% of tribal disputes that result in violence.

As tragic as these figures are, the harsh reality is that water availability is diminishing at an exponential rate. Underground water levels are dropping by several meters each year. Contamination of ground water and haphazard well digging exacerbate the crisis. Water usage significantly exceeds replenishment of aquifers. Yemen may run out of water within decades. Urgent action is needed, and Yemen has devised an excellent water strategy. At a cost of $300 million dollars per year, donors include The World Bank, Germany and the Netherlands. However, the legislation has not been implemented since it was devised in 2005. Donors may withdraw financial support unless tangible results are forth coming.

One problem is the lack of coordination among governmental authorities. The seven percent of water used by households is controlled by the Water Ministry. 93% of all water is used for agriculture and its usage falls within the domain of the Ministry of Agriculture. In an interview with the Yemen Times, Yemen’s Minister of Water, Abdulrahman Alaryani, noted that the Ministry of Agriculture’s Investment Program for Public Management of Irrigation runs counter to the National Water Strategy, “They are still focusing on agricultural expansion and demand in land dependant on underground water and on building small dams whose economic potential is limited. Their concern with the rational usage of scarce water resources is rudimentary at best.” There are 80,000 artesian wells in Yemen, and the inability to effectively police the random digging of wells in Yemen was another issue Alaryani addressed.

Another urgent issue facing Yemen is rampant corruption. The Yemeni government has taken some important steps to combat corruption like signing on to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative as well as issuing a new law controlling government tenders. A cabinet reshuffle in 2006 was a good step in establishing discipline within some ministries. However, the Civil Service Ministry, like the Water Ministry, is unable to fully implement a progressive plan without intergovernmental cooperation.

The Civil Service Ministry identified thirty thousand civil servants who receive more than one government salary. It devised a matrix of structural and organizational reforms to eliminate these “double dippers” as well as “ghost workers”. Once payroll lists have been cleaned up, the Ministry will authorize overdue pay raises. Doctors are threatening to strike if the raises are not forthcoming immediately. The Health Ministry has said the reforms are complete. However, an audit found that the doctors’ payroll list still contains the names of dead people, retired people, and some who are out of the country. Doctors’ frustration is growing as the raises are well past due; however the obstacle to the raises is the Health Ministry’s lack of compliance with the reform measures.

Irrational and contradictory policies arising from weak institutions and fragmented authority limit the effectiveness of administrative reform in Yemen. Programs that have been instituted to work in the long term interests of the Yemeni public will necessarily undermine centers of profiteering that are often associated with public power derived from the ruling party, tribal authority, security forces, and the military. A counter-weight in favor of reform has been achieved through the collaborative effort of those reformers within the administration, civil society, parliament, political parties, the media, public, local bodies and donor community. These progressives have already harnessed sufficient momentum to enact some authentic reform initiatives. However overcoming resistance to reform in Yemen remains a daily and urgent challenge.

TAJ Statement to the Arab Summit

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:38 pm on Friday, March 30, 2007

In the name of God the Most Merciful the Most Gracious
His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques-
King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Arab Summit held in Riyadh
esteemed
Your Majesties and Highnesses kings, Presidents and Emirs, Sultans and Sheikhs of Arab
States present at the Arab summit in Riyadh
Respectable Secretary General of the Arab League Mr Amr Mousa, the esteemed
gentlemen.

Peace be upon you
I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ); the
southern political organisation that struggles peacefully for liberation of South Yemen from the
occupation of the northern Yemen, and strives for achieving the self-determination of the Arab
people in the south on the road of building a free and independent state … I warmly salute the
president of the summit and all kings, presidents, princes, sultans senates and Arab delegations
who are participating in the Arab Summit that is held in Riyadh during the period (-28 – March
29, 2007).

We are pleased to put on your table a number of facts relating to our cause and we hope that it
will be accessible and have your support as follows:
• The South of Arabia was granted its independence from the British colony on 30th
November 1967 after an occupation lasted 129 years (19th January 1839 – 30th November
1967). The independent state was established on all the southern land, which is 338,000
squared km, bordered from the east Oman Sultanate, Saudi Arabia from the north, Arab
Republic of Yemen from the Northwest, the Red Sea from the West and the Aden Gulf
and Arabian Sea from the south. It has declared the city of Aden as its capital and gained
a full membership of all regional and international organisations including the United
Nations and the Arab League which lasted till 1990.

• The National Front that received the independent was a branch of the Arab Nationalist
Movement took the initiative to call the new state Peoples Republic of South Yemen
and amended it to the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen. It was the intention of
the new state to achieve the comprehensive Arab unification due to the adoption of the
national and revolutionary ideology that was very popular during the 50s and the 60s
of the last century.

• On the 22nd 1990 the unification was declared between Peoples Republic
Democratic of Yemen with population of nearly 2 million according to the 1988’
census and Arab Republic of Yemen, covering an area of 160,000 square km with
the population nearly 12 million (there was no accurate census) with Sana’a city
as its capital. Bearing in mind that there was no referendum was conducted
amongst the people of South Yemen regarding the future of their country which
was a clear breach to the Aden’s convention of 30th November 1989.

• The new unified state has encountered many obstacles and conflicts due to the
different cultures, visions and means of building the modern state between the two
different political leaderships of the two countries. Consequently the conflict has
escalated to an extent, which made the president of the >Arab Republic of Yemen;
the Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh declare on 27th April 1994 the unfair war, which
lasted for 2 months against the South of Yemen, which ended with the fall of
Aden and the full military occupation of the South in July 1994.

• Since July 1994 the people of South Yemen has been living under the northern
tribal and military occupation causing lots of suffering and hardship to the people
in the South.
The northern occupying authority has not been satisfied with plundering the
wealth and implementing exclusion and depravation policy against the southerners
but also it continues to practice aggression such as committing serious killings of
children, men and women. It has also committed various actions to forge the
historical and geographical facts and to omit the identity of the South.

• The regime of the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh that has been leading Yemen since
1978 and occupying the south for 12 years has no intention to establish a modern
constitutional state. Instead he continues to exert his effort by setting up a
repressive and corrupt regime that is heavily used to eliminate political opponents
and violate human rights and freedom. This regime is very well known to have
provided safe havens for terrorists, exports terrorism and smuggles arms to
neighboring countries which contribute to a large scale in creating instability in
those countries. This regime continues to wreck the already fragile Yemeni
economy by counterfeiting the Yemeni currency (Riyals) and the foreign
currencies of neighboring and others countries, besides to spread chaos and
instability in all the countries around it, which prompts us to warn concerned
officials from the Arab and foreign countries and international bodies and
organisations to the dangers posed by the system of Sana‘a for the future of their
peoples and to the security and stability of the island and the Gulf and the entire
world.

• The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) calls on our brothers in the Gulf
Cooperation Council to understand and support the southerner’s peaceful struggle
for freedom and we would like to take this opportunity to advise them not to fall
into the trap that the south has fallen in by giving the corrupt dictatorship regime a
chance to mess up the situation and the people of the Gulf States.

• TAJ would like to remind all participants in the Arab summit that any support
offered to the dictatorship regime in Sana’a led by Ali Abdullah Saleh will only be
used to enhance corruption, repression and increase the poverty and instability. At
the same time the terrorists’ activities also will be increased and the suffering of
our people will be prolonged.

• During the last 15 years, the occupation regime has proved that it is interested
only of the south’s land and wealth and has made all efforts to expose southern
people to exclusion and deprivation. They have been brought to a stage where it
can not be tolerated or incurred, as it made our land and our people as war booty,
and everyone brought to the brink of collapse and death. As a result of the
occupation regime’s practice, the southerners inside and outside the country, had
determined to expel the brutal northern Yemeni occupation and to restore their
independent and sovereign state on the borders of the south before 22nd May 1990,
according to the documents of the South Arabia’s independence from Britain in
November 1967.
We call your summit and your gratitude states to stand by the people of South Yemen in their
right to self-determination, liberation, and in restoring full sovereignty of an independent state;
therefore we would like to bring to your attention the following:

1. We consider the so-called unity, were the southern people had not the chance to give their
opinion or to participate in a referendum; that unity was finished after the northern
Yemeni war of the summer 1994. That war had ended with the occupation of southern
Yemen of which was destroyed by using rockets, artillery and aviation and the unity had
buried under the treads of tanks and feet hordes of the occupying armies from the north in
modern war lasted 67 days and resulted in the colonial occupation of the south. So since
July 7, 1994 the South is an occupied country and should apply on it all the international
conventions relating to the peoples and countries under occupation.

2. We do not acknowledge the northern occupation authority as a result of the 1994
summer’s war and we do not accept the occupation of the south. This occupation
practicing on our land and against our people sorts of oppression and persecution. Our
people are subject to political, ethnic and tribal exclusion. Also they are excluded from all
areas of life, including work and health services. ((the number of the southerners who
were forced to retire illegally are almost half a million officials and the proportion of
retirees from the city of Aden, the capital of the south alone compared to retirees in the
north and south alike is 55%)).The occupiers also falsify the history of the south and
eradicate its identity. They loot the wealth and sale the land and the property of the
southerners without any rights. The occupiers exercise physical oppression and
psychological murder against our people, in fact they commit crimes against humanity.
That is why, we do not recognise this regime, and we do not accept this disgraceful
situation. On the contrary all its practices only increase our determination to uphold the
right to prosecute those who are involved in the illegal acts in the appropriate time and
place.

3. . We call you to compel the occupying regime to implement the Security Council’s
resolutions 924 and 931, and force it to withdraw its military troops and governmental
organisations from the south, also to leave our people to determine their own destiny, and
restore their usurped and occupied territory and get their sovereignty, independence and
rights to live in a peace like all other peoples of the world. TAJ would like to and bring to
your attention the decision of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its
51st session held on 4th – 5th June 1994 in Abha city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
which confirmed on “not imposing unity by force.”

4. We call you not to support the occupation regime in occupying our country and boycott it
economically and politically.

5. We inform all states, companies and investors to stop dealing with the northern Yemen
occupying regime as it has no rights to hold conventions, dispose of land and wealth of
south Yemen. Any dealing with Sana’a Regime only consecrates the occupation and
supports illegal contribution in looting the property and the wealth of the south. The
southerners will not be bound in implementating any agreements made by the northern
occupation regime.

6. . We call you to recognise the Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ), which struggles
peacefully for ending the occupation. Our country undoubtedly is important geo-strategic
depth for the Arab States and the world. Our independent state will empower the security
and stability in the region in particular for Gulf Stets and the Arab League as well.
We appreciate your role in standing by the southern people and our occupied country, and we
will not forget your noble brotherly attitude towards our rightful cause and struggling for selfdetermination,
freedom and independence.

Our people are keen for freedom; they appeal and invite you to send a fact-finding commission to
verify of the situation directly and independently there.
At the end we would like to congratulate your summit, which is held on the blessing land of the
Two Holy Mosques, and wish you positive outcomes for the interests of the Gulf States people in
particular, our cause in the South, and the Arab world in general. God grants you success in
serving the nation.

WebPages: www.tajaden.org and www.soutalgnoub.com

GPC and JMP Dialog, Create Priorities

Filed under: Civil Society, GPC, Political Parties, Reform, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:56 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dialog is a good thing.

Article from the Yemen Observer:

The General People’s Congress and the opposition parties have at last agreed to sit down together and draw up an agenda for political dialogue. The meeting last Thursday was chaired by Prime Minister Abdul-Qadir Ba Jammal, who is also the secretary general of the GPC, and attended by the leaders of the opposition parties that have representation in the parliament.

The groups agreed on the agenda for a political dialogue, the mechanisms for such a dialogue, and a timeline for these talks. The first phase of the dialogue, they concluded together, will concern: the intended constitutional amendments for dividing the parliament system into two elected legislative bodies, a senate and a parliament; how to amend the local councils law in a way that ensures the election of the governors of the governorates and the directors of districts; and how to improve the electoral system, based on the recommendations offered in the report of the European Union’s commission for monitoring the presidential and local elections.

The first phase of the political dialogue will also include discussions on the situation of human rights and freedoms, as well as the situations of the syndicates and civil society organizations. Amendments to the law of journalism and publications are also expected to be discussed. The political dialogue was initiated by the ruling GPC, and the opposition parties responded to the call. At their first meeting last week, the two sides formed a joint committee comprised of the Secretary General of the Socialist party, Yasin Saeed Nu’man; and the Assistant Secretary General of the GPC, Sultan al-Barakani; and Dr. Abdul Wahab Mahmoud, the Secretary General of the Ba’ath Socialist party.

This committee was in charge of preparing the agenda and timeline of the political dialogue. At the first meeting, the GPC demanded to focus the dialogue on the intended constitutional amendments to develop the parliament into a senate and parliament, and to amend the local councils system. It also demanded to discuss amendments of the journalism and publications law. However, the JMP representatives said that the GPC should not impose their own agenda on discussions, adding that they had their own demands and issues that should be included. The two sides then agreed on forming the aforementioned joint committee to prepare the agenda of the dialogue.

The spokesperson of the JMP, Mohammed al-Sabri, said that the two sides agreed on five main issues to be discussed. “The main issue was to discuss and agree on the recommendations of the EU elections commission,” said al-Sabri. The other issues are proper ways to develop the parliament system, develop the electoral system, and improve the situations of the syndicates and civil society organizations, amendments of the journalism law.

“The fifth issue is to discuss national economic policies, neutralizing the public job, the policy of wages and salaries and the transparency of the state general budget,” said al-Sabri. Al-Sabri added that the two sides agreed to hold two meetings every week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “The two sides also agreed on the restrictions and principles of the dialogue and on the restrictions of the media,” said al-Sabri.

However, following the agreement between the two sides on the agenda and the restrictions and principles, the al-Thawri newspaper, the mouthpiece of the socialist party, stated that a wing of the GPC has been rejecting dialogue with the opposition parties. It also alleged that Ba Jammal had conflicts with the president, and asked him to appoint the president’s spokesperson in his place as a secretary general for the GPC.

Last Saturday, Ba Jammal responded to the allegations of al-Thawri, dismissing them as untrue, and describing these allegations as part of the sick trends of the socialist party that resorts to creating conflicts whenever progress is achieved for conducting constructive dialogue.

In a statement published by the 26 of September website, Ba Jammal described the allegations of the al-Thawri newspaper as a cheap act and said that these allegations published at the time the political parties are conducting a political dialogue aimed at foiling the dialogue. “These publications at this particular time do not serve the political dialogue and won’t help to consolidate the required bridges of trust among the sides of the dialogue,” said Ba Jammal.

Then there is the GPC version from al-Motamar:

In an interview to almotamar.net conducted lately sheikh sultan al-Barakani the subject of dialogue was a decision the GPC general secretariat had taken before the travel of the secretary general abroad for treatment. After he was back home he was approached about it as he is entrusted with managing the dialogue with the parties represented at the parliament and the first meeting of the dialogue committee was held on 19 of this month and the atmosphere was good and normal as there is an almost common desire among all parties about the dialogue about the main issues on table. A branch committee was set up to prepare agenda of the dialogue and on 20th of this month we finished the proposal on the agenda and mechanism of administrative and information work. There has been accord on enlisting proposals on the agenda of coming meetings. The major steps will be started with regard to serious dialogue on issues related to amendments, bi-cameral parliamentary system, the local authority and development of the local system through election of its heads, as well as the law of press and publications. The meeting also tackled report of the European Union the Yemeni parties had signed it as a foundation in dealing with the suggestions and recommendations mentioned in it as the European Union had overseen and monitored the latest process of presidential and local elections. He said the present process of dialogue is better than previous ones as there is sure and common desire to develop the political process and to reach to positive results serving the general interest and enhance the democratic process and political partnership.

On progress of dialogue and the reason why the GPC proposed it at this stage al-Barakani said the GPC has always been calling for dialogue whether collective or bilateral. Its proposal of dialogue at this stage comes after President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s initiative and his announcement last Ramadan on developing the local authority system, election of local councils and the issues mentioned in the president’s election platform regarding development of then democratic action through development of issues of freedoms.
It is sure that we and our partners in the political action to be present to discuss those issues although we have a parliamentary majority and we are able to vote on them but it is a must that the partners in the political life be present with us and to listen to their ideas and remarks and may benefit from them. Our partners have to be present with us in discussing the very important issues freedoms and the local authority and trade unions and to come out with results we agree on and respect.
He said there is intention of benefiting from others experiments especially regarding the rep [ort of the European Union on monitoring the presidential and local elections. The report has given us some issues that we should have dialogue on although it obtained them mistakenly as information reached it wrongly. Some remarks in the report are already included in the laws and some of them are associated with constitutional procedures while other some already exist and need no dialogue. Dialogue is originally the rule even if we take time and differ in opinion. Our agreement that we are partners in the political process we have to look for the best ways to develop this process. The report presented by the branch committee entrusted with dialogue agenda, conditions and guarantees we have to sign it as parties confirming we are going ahead in the process to the end.

Commenting in response to a question on the stance of the YSP secretary general Yassin Saeed Nouman with respect to the events of Saada and whether the situation in Saada is object of dialogue, Sheikh al-Barakani the subject of Saada does not need dialogue. The constitutional establishments and the popular will have given their opinion on the matter as being an issue of rebellion and sedition and resistance of authorities. Thus the government duty is to practice its tasks also the armed forces are found for defending the countries and their sovereignty, stability and security. They are not decoration. The issue of al-Houthi received enough concessions and opportunities. It was proposed on them to form a political party and there is no objection about that. We told them to establish recognizable organisations and not to consider them a state inside a state and promote slogans advocating sectarian allegations. We have never differed in the sectarian aspect in the past or the present and will not in future. In Yemen there is full coexistence and sectarian differences are nit felt absolutely. If there was a stand of some parties towards this question they have been blamed for it and it is not an issue put for dialogue. On sidelines meetings we can listen to various viewpoints and blame each other. As for the main issue we are all in agreement. In the meeting of Tuesday the 20th of this month we talked about it and all agreed that what is happening in Saada is not in agreement with principles of the constitution and the law and has nothing to justify it because up until now those rebels did not say what they originally want. To tell the truth, Dr Yassin Saeed Nouman was the first one who asked in this regard about who are they and what they want. Maybe such little mistakes happen out of political wrangles and irritations but they will not harm the dialogue or to say that the political process will stop at this limit.
Sheikh al-Barakani said recently there was a difference in points of view between his part the GOC and parties of the JMP concerning the question of Al-Haq Party. He said maybe the brothers in the JMP were not having full information about that party when they were informed that Al-Haq party has no organisation to take an excuse that they did not take the decision of dissolution.
That party has only a religious reference. There is no political bureau or permanent committee or general committee or party conference. The Haq party has not convened a party conference in 16 years since its foundation. It has no reference body to say it possesses the solution it is only the religious reference that established the party and asked the parties committee to take the decision of dissolution. As for arguing that head of al-Haq head of the political office is present with the JMP it is fact not a question of appeasing this one at the expense of an absent legal right. This situation we will overstep it as long as we are all in agreement on developing the political life and that dialogues are the ones removing the gap and clearing stances as well as correcting wrong concepts.

On the necessity that some parties in the JMP to stop writings and statements bearing implied support for Saada events sheikh al-Barakani said Saada is a national issue and supposed that all deal with it out of that. It does not mean the GPC or the ruling authority alone. Upon this basis the Islah party stands because the issue of homelands cannot be subject to bourse of willing or not willing. It is a national issue and all of us as Yemenis have to live to our responsibilities by taking the correct decision and defend the homeland and its sovereignty, security and stability. The homeland is the life boat for all of us.

With respect to the implied side maybe some newspapers and some persons are shrill under the influence of the dialectic theory that where the right is I am against. “I may have something in nay soul I want to pass on through this disquieting stance against others. But out of the clear concept the issue of Saada or any problems occurs in any country’s the responsibility of all of its sons, neither the GPC or the parliament or the present government. All organisations and political parties in the first place as fully responsible as partners in the political life and must be having a clear and open stance,” sheikh al-Barakani commented. In the past those parties used to say they did not possess a clear picture of what is going on or the problem concerning Saada. At this time there had been a meeting with those parties and were presented with a full report presented to the Defence Higher Council with all details. The request in that meeting was to take a collective stand in this regard but that was not done and parties have taken individual stances of their own. At present we find that there is the right stance in the Islah press and media. Irritating writings are now absent in most of the press of the parties and I think the exceptions here and there will disappear because the national issue is bigger than to wrangle in it. The whole country is responsible in this regard and we cannot abandon the democratic regime which is the essence in arbitration when there is variance in viewpoints. The issue of Saada has never been one unknown to the parities.

In the question of Saada there is a politicized trend in the first place. It is a backward direction and a will contradictory to our constitutional, legal and political concept in this country about which the electors expressed in the elections that have been lately held. So where are those rebels in Sadda with regard to the people\s will that approved the constitution, the political practice and political pluralism through the political parties and the parliamentary, presidential and local elections?

On what he comments on some western media considering what is happening in Saada as a Shiite rebellion, al-Barakani said “First of all the governorate of Saada is not a Shiite area and the Houthis are originally not the Zaidis or the Shiite. Zaidi affiliates are in more than five governorates and here are Zaidis in all governorate of Yemen and the Sunnis are present in all governorates as well and even in Saada. The Sunnis and Zaidi Shiites in Yemen have never differed throughout ages. A Zaidi would lead prayers and the Sunni prays and vice-versa and that is normal and has no influence. If Saada were for the Zaidis alone we would have said there is a sect wanting to eliminate another sect”

Al-Barakani said the governorates of Yemen cannot be divided into this sect or that and to say Saada is the place of this sect and others in other governorates are its adversaries “this is illogical.” He has further said there may be external parties wafted to send a message to their rivals as the United States of America, the international community and the Arab countries around and say “we are able with our fingers to move in more than one place some issues in order to know that we are a figure that cannot be overlooked,” and have found a group of stupid and reckless people who have responded to them. “ If we are to ask Zaidi sect affiliates in Yemen about any close relationship with the Jaafari or even the Shiite sect we would find difference in this stance..” Probably the clearer this in this regard is the Iranian constitution that grants the Arabs, the ZZaidis and the Jews their right just in personal status, which means the Zaidis are not part of the sect of the state, al-Barakani, says. But in Yemen and since the dawn of history to date we have not differed in sectarian matters it is probable that many of Yemenis have forgotten about sects leaders and have known more about Marx and Lenin and many of the leaders of human changes. The whole issue in this regard is a kind of ignorance about this aspect or a kind of exaggeration. What is happening in Saada is not among the question of freedoms that can be exercised. Raising arms in the face of the state and leading rebellion and disruption of local security are not an act part of practicing freedoms.

Parliament’s Leadership Ignores al-Jasheen Citizens’ Plight

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Parliament, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:06 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Well at least the other members withdrew:

Mar 27, 2007 -The parliament stopped its session today, Tuesday, as most members withdrew; protesting refusal of parliament presidency to discuss a report of al-Jaashin displaced people.

They regarded the refusal as support for tyranny, persecution and a kind of postponement.

The Member of Parliament, Mansour al-Zindi said that the withdrawal came as some tried to alter the case into a political one.

The deputy speaker of parliament, Yahya al-Rai promised to discuss the report tomorrow after holding a meeting with the leaders of Parliamentary blocs.

For his part, the member of the committee authorized to investigate the case, Abdul –Aziz Jbari , expressed sorrow as the parliament could not defend the citizens’ rights, stressing that the committee would strongly grasp the recommendations of the report .

Al-Jaashin’s case had erupted 3 months ago as an influential Sheikh banished over 400 citizens from their homes after they rejected to pay him illegal taxes and duties.

It is worth reclaiming that al-Jaashin’s citizens accuse the sheikh of practicing brutal persecution and infringements against them.

More Land Theft in Aden

Filed under: GPC, Saada War, Yemen, theft: land other — by Jane Novak at 5:34 pm on Monday, March 26, 2007

YT, al-Tajammu

– Influential persons plunder investors’ lands

The newspaper reported that many gunmen with military uniforms were usually citied to plunder agricultural lands belonging to investors in Al-Emad district, Aden governorate. The weekly quoted reliable sources as saying that civilians in charge of guarding the lands were attacked by policemen last week. The assailants damaged pumps and other agricultural equipment and confiscated some of them.

Eyewitnesses said that several agricultural investors had been detained in Da’ar Sa’ad Police Station, as they were filing complaints against policemen who grabbed their lands. The investors complained that they were subjected to torture and mistreatment during their detention. Deputy Chief of Aden Security Department Najib Mughalles ordered the concerned parties to take legal and firm procedures against the plunderers and investigate the incident.

Its astounding the way land ownership is systematically accomplished by brute force in Yemen, notably in the South, resulting in an increasing concentration. The “influential persons” stole a grave yard recently.

The paper also estimates over 25,000 internal refugees in Sa’ada.

Parties Dialog

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:15 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

News Yemen

Sana’a, NewsYemen

The meeting of political parties on Monday resulted in forming a committee including chairman of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMPs) High Council, Yasin Saeed Noaman, the assistant secretary-general of the General People’s Congress party, Sultan al-Barakani and the secratry-general of the Arab Baath Party, Abdul-Wahab Mahmoud, to put an agenda for a political dialogue including issues, principles and measures to be taken.

Head of the High Executive Assembly of JMPs, Mohammad Yahya al-Sabri, said the meeting, headed by prime minister and GPC secretary-general, Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal, focused on the vision of both GPC and JMPs over the political dialogue and its agenda.

He told NewsYemen that the GPC suggested amendments in the constitution and some laws such as the laws of parties, press and local authority.

Al-Sabri said the JMPs clarified for GPC there are some national issues like salaries, rights and freedoms and the situation of syndicates which need a national dialogue.

He said there was a similar vision of the two sides as they agree on building a national partnership and equal nationality.

They have also agreed to keep the dialogue open for any issues might arise under the momentous developments, said al-Sabri.

GPC: 1994 Civil War “An Apostate War”

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Religious, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:30 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

almotamar.net – An information source at the General People’ Congress described Tuesday the stance of the Yemen Socialist Party (YAP) regarding the sedition events in Saada as shameful and irresponsible.

In a statement to almotamar.net the source said it is not surprising that the YSP media, especially alishtiraki.net to find them changed into propaganda medium for the terrorist elements repeating their lies and deceiving propaganda, especially publishing statements of lies by the fugitive terrorist Yahya al-Houthi

This non-patriotic stance gives political and media cover to criminal and terrorist acts committed against the homeland, the citizens and members of the armed forces and security by those elements; the remnants of imamate backward system that is rancourous towards the republic and revolution and unity. Those elements have supported the secessionist elements in the YSP when they inflamed the apostate and secessionist war in the summer of 1994. The two parties allied for the purpose of harming the national unity and turning back the wheel of history but their hopes failed by virtue of the people and their armed forces and their stand by the revolution and unity.

The source also added it is regrettable that the YSP secretary-general Yassin Saeed Nouman his orientation inside his party and that appeared clearly in his spasmodic stance against acceptance of the parties affairs and political organisations of the decision of Al-Haq Party dissolving in response to request of its leadership and founders.

The GPC source said this shameful stance by the YSP has behind it vengeful goals ands ill intentions against the homeland and its security and stability, its national unity and social safety.

Parliamentary Questions

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:23 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

almotamar.net – Members of parliament Mohammed Abdullah al-Qadhi, Abdulaziz Habbari, Abdeh Bishr and Sinan Ajami requested the questioning of the defence minister on causes of the crash of two Mig-29 jetfighters some days ago over the governorate of Saada and whether the ministry has set up a committee for investigating the incident.

In the parliament session of Sunday the MP Aidarous al-Naqib asked the minister of interior on violations perpetrated against a number of journalists by persons from the ministry of interior and what measures taken about that and whether they were individual practices. He also requested the foreign minister for clarification about the death of former detainee of Quanranamo prison Ahmed Ali Abdullah whose death is suspected to be a result of torture and about the role of the ministry in revealing the truth.

MP Jabal Tuaiman asked the minister of health about expulsion from service of 24 employees from the hospital of President Saleh in Mareb and defect of services in a number of the governorate as well as asking the minister of labour on the reasons why there is no legal court in districts of the governorate

GPC: JMP is Complicit in Saada

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:22 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

almotamar.net – An official source at the GPC’s information office expressed Monday his regret for what he described as flagging and irresponsible stands adopted by the parties of the Joint Meeting (JMP) in Yemen recently, among which those related to stances towards the events of Saada sedition and what the terrorist elements are perpetrating of terror and killing against innocent citizens and members of the armed forces and security as well as sabotaging public and private institutions and raising arms in the face of constitutional establishments and violation of the law, order and constitution.

The source said those parties should have adopted a stand siding to the homeland, the constitution and the law instead of taking a stand against them and rather taking a stand of spectator and sympathizer and offer political and media cover to those terrorist elements that have ignited the sedition in some areas of the governorate of Saada. That stance encourages those elements to maintain their acts of sabotage and terror in the light of what the JMP press writes of sympathy and promotion of lies of those elements in addition to offering weak justifications to them in continuing their rebellion and carrying arms against constitutional authorities and order and law. That of course opens opportunity for continuation of the sedition and destabilization of security and stability, spread of chaos, harming the national unity and threatening social; security. Such conduct makes the JMP’s members accomplices in the crime committed against the homeland and citizens and ramifications of the sedition against the national interest.

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Al-Jasheen Villagers Still Victims of Tribal Authority

Filed under: GPC, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:59 am on Saturday, March 17, 2007

AS:

Al-Jaashin citizens dispatched Tuesday a letter to Ibb governr, demanding to put an end to infringements practiced against them by al-Jaashin local Sheikh, Ahmed Mohammad Mansor.

The letter says that Mansor blocked drinking water pipes from their village, demanding the governor to immediately end the trouble and bearing him the responsibility for protecting their lives.

The citizens said in a call to Alsahwanet that they want rehabilitation for their banishment, ending infringements, changing local chiefs, preventing the sheikh form intervention in their affairs, public services and social insurance.

Meanwhile, the displaced people and civil society bodies are still waiting the report of parliamentary committee appointed by the parliament to investigate the events of banishment and violations committed by the sheikh against al-Jaashin people.

The displaced who lately returned to their villages also complained that a local security official surrounded them with the military vehicles, threatened them, wrote down their name and offered them to the sheikh’s son who, in turn, menaced them with retaliation and killing.

GPC Shabwa May Resign to Protest Corruption

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:07 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2007

There’s not any state or party institution that will hold a corrupt GPC leader accountable.

AS: Leaders of General people Party, are planning to resign in Shabwa province, protesting practices of a senior JPC official accused of corruption.

JPC sources affirmed to Alsahwanet that they would surly resign if this person does not hold accountable.

They said that $ million was horribly spent.

For his part, the JPC journalist in the province, Zabin Atya said that he resigned from the party as it is used to marginizes well-qualified people .

“I am no longer proud of my affiliation to JPC as its leader in the province practices such things” he added.

Ruling Party May Talk to Oppsition

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:57 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2007

Almotamar.net – Reliable sources mentioned Wednesday that the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s Secretary-General Abdulqader Bajammal issued a decision on the formation of a special committee undertaking the conduct of dialogue with Yemeni opposition political p [arties pursuant to a decision taken by the General Committee of the GPC lat month and entrusted Bajammal with calling opposition parties to start a dialogue many issues.

A source at the GPC told may.net website the committee the GPC’s SG has formed is composed of Abdulrahman al-Akwaa, assistant SG for political affairs, Sultan al-Barakani, assistant SG for Information Sector, Abdullah Ahmed Ghanim, and head of the GPC’s political office. Mohammed Ali Abuluhoum, head of the foreign relations office and Yasser al-Awadhi, head of Mass Organisations office at the GPC.

At the time the source denied about a meeting held between the GPC SG and secretaries generals of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) and the Yemeni Socialist Party on Tuesday he expected that the GPC and opposition parties meetings to be held in the coming days.

Member of the General Committee of the GPC Mohammed Abuluhoum had mentioned in statements during a symposium called for by the GPC’s SG that delay of the call for dialogue was because of the SG travel for treatment abroad.

The GC had in a meeting held on 22 February discussed a working paper presented by the secretary general on precepts and objectives of the national dialogue scheduled to be held with all political parties and organisations in Yemen. It had approved the working paper and entrusted the GPC SG with holding dialogue with all political parties and organisations on the basis of the constitution and the laws as well as the GPC program in order to find out the future national accord program.

The General Committee also discussed a host of issues for deepening participation and developing the political; action especially regarding future tasks of:

First, the issues related to constitutional amendments aimed at effecting real development in the legislative power system, upgrading at the same time the role of the Shoura Council in this process and leading to implementation of the president’s initiative for electing governorates governors and heads of districts through drawing up constitutional and legal rules in a realistic framework,

Second, questions related to amending the election law leading to an electoral system having its special democratic characteristic and its sound legal procedures,

Third, finding out high organizational, procedural and disciplinary rules requested by the political process particularly with regard to the law of political parties and organisations in order to achieve an essential and disciplinary goal at both political and popular levels.

Zindani calls Socialists Apostates

Filed under: GPC, Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:53 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Its contagous. After the regime fatwa-ed the Houthis, al-Zindani is getting into the act by talking against the YSP in religous terms. A variety of Salafi preachers are speaking in harsh terms against Zaidis in general. And one reported that the it was upon orders from the state. Theres a link. I’ll find it later.

almotamar.net – The opposition Yemen Socialist Party newspaper criticized strongly on Thursday sheikh Abdulmajid al-Zindani, member of the higher body of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party because of remarks he made in Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel program ” Special visit” it broadcast last Saturday.

The political editor of the newspaper said in his article in Al-Thawri newspaper in its last Thursday issue that al-Zindani drew up in his talk to l-Jazeera the weapon of deeming others infidelic, a weapons he considers the sharpest for realizing his dream of rule .

The newspaper added that power is the goal that made AL-Zindani carry this weapon as the YSP is infidel in his view, the unity constitution is infidel and all scholars who differ with him are infidels. And when sharing power was on table of discussion after the elections of 1993 all those were longer infidels.

The paper wondered about the role he intends to play in his return to talk about the YSP after all those years and why the sheikh did not learn from the lessens of life and that those who use him in their political fights deal with him as a reserve for their battle they use whenever they need.
The newspaper denounced al-Zindani campaign against the YSP at circumstances it said “The Joint Meeting Parties has become one of the values of political life in Yemen and expressed its astonishment for al-Zindani’s inauguration of the voice of returning to the climate of adversity.”

YR 330 Billion Never Remitted to Government by Ministries

Filed under: Corruption, Economic, GPC, Presidency, Reform, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2007

Wow, even I’m astounded. That’s like a billion dollars (a little more) lost to corruption of just this type. A billion dollars. No wonder there’s so much pressure against reform.

COCA report: 30 percent of 2005 budget never collected

The Central Organization for Control and Audit has issued a report indicating that 30 percent of the 2005 government income was accounted for but never deposited into government accounts at the Central Bank.

The total amount due is YR 330 billion, including YR 126.6 billion from the Ministry of Electricity, YR 51.9 billion from the tax authority, YR 42 billion from Aden Refinery and YR 31.4 billion from the Ministry of Oil, with the remainder distributed among other government departments.

al-Jaasheen Sheik has Soldiers, Judges, Prisons and Ballot Boxes

Filed under: GPC, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:46 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A mini kingdom inside the bigger one.

SANAA, 6 March (IRIN) – More than 400 residents of Raash village, in the southern Ibb province, said they fear for their lives after returning home on Monday. They said militant followers of their Sheikh (traditional leader) have been intimidating them with weapons.

“We arrived home only to find the Sheikh’s soldiers perched on the roofs with their guns pointed at us,” Ahmed al-Qishaei, 26, told IRIN.

“As we entered the al-Jaashen district, we were surrounded by the Sheikh’s soldiers,” said al-Qishaei. “We were forced to get out of our cars and continue our journey on foot.”

Al-Qishaei added that the soldiers intimidated and insulted them. “They even threatened us that if we returned home, we wouldn’t be able to get out of the village,” he said.

In late February, about 70 families were forced to flee their homes by Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Mansour because they refused to pay a collective amount of three million riyals (US $15,000) of zakat (an annual alms payment) to him. They said they had already paid zakat to the local authority.

The villagers were forced to camp in a nearby deserted area with few provisions for seven days.

Raash village is one of five villages situated in al-Jaashen district, which has been controlled by Sheikh Mansour, 84, who is a former MP and now a member of the Shoura (government advisory) Council. He is known to be a very powerful man and a poet for President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A fact-finding parliamentary committee was to accompany the families upon their return, but the MPs were not able to enter the village as the governor of Ibb refused to give them protection.

The National Organization for Defending Freedoms and Rights, an NGO commonly known as HOOD, said it is concerned about the families’ situation.

“The Sheikh is a powerful man. He can do anything. He has some 3,000 soldiers and heavy weapons at his disposal,” Abdul-Rahman Barman, a lawyer at HOOD, told IRIN.

Villagers intimidated

According to Barman, the Sheikh’s men fired heavy artillery to intimidate villagers when it was learned that the governmental delegation would be sent in. In addition, a cannon was fired at Raash’s only school after the families returned. “The heavy gun caused cracks on the school’s walls and windows. It was all to intimidate the residents,” he said.

Barman added that while camped in the desert the villagers had nothing to eat and drink except tea, coffee and bread. “They had only one tent, and had to use plastic stuff to protect them from the sun, with very few blankets,” he said.

The displaced families then went to Sana’a, the capital, to bring the government’s attention to their plight. There they again camped on open land, this time with three tents to shelter them. “Our organisation provided them with 60 blankets, rice and cooked potatoes, while some local residents gave them bread,” Barman said.

The residents of Raash village are poor farmers, who depend on the cultivation of qat, a mild narcotic, and other plants. They live in destitution, said Barman, and the majority are illiterate.

Sheikh Mansour levies taxes on them for the land the live on, as well as for development projects – such as roads, electricity, and water – in their area, locals said.

The Sheikh has four private prisons, including an underground one, locals say. “He uses them for those citizens who oppose him and he can imprison people without permission from the prosecution,” said al-Qishaei.

According to al-Qishaei, Sheikh Mansour is supported by the authority as he is a member of the ruling party. “His district, al-Jaashen, is known for having ‘golden’ polling boxes as he helps ruling party candidates win in elections. He dominates almost everything, even the judiciary system. He even directs judges,” he added.

The Importance of a Local Office for a National Representative

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:26 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2007

Good point from NDI and the Yemen Observer:

A Member of Parliament is to have his/her own office in his/her constituency and be given the necessary financial allocations from the budget of Parliament, reads article 225 of the internal list of the Parliament. The article reveals the importance of an MP maintaining an office in his constituency in order to strengthen the relationship between him and his constituency.

This relationship was the topic of a dialogue held at the headquarters of NDI Yemen last Thursday, Feb 22. This article did not exist before, but it may have been added to strengthen the MP’s role in his constituency, said Dr. Saadaldeen Talib, Program Manager at NDI Yemen. Despite this, only a handful of MPs have offices in their constituencies. The discussion was attended by 17 MPs, journalists, representatives from NGOs, researchers, and lawyers in an open forum where each one expressed his ideas. Dr. Najib Ghanem, Abdul-Aziz Jubari, and Ahmed al-Sweil, all members of the parliament, spoke about their experiences of maintaining offices in their respective constituencies.

Through these experiences, they were able to relay important information about interactions with the people they were elected to represent. “The office I established in constituency number 12 is considered to be the first of its kind. I made sure to make it in the center and on a main street to be available for every one to reach,” said Dr. Ghanem. “The main problems we hear about at the office are generally economic in nature, or the lack of basic services in the region.” “I usually ask the people of my constituency to support the office by offering ideas to be submitted to the parliament.

They have to know that the MP is not an employee of the government, but of the people. They are the ones who pay me. I do not have a contract with the government, but with them when they elected me,” he said. “I had the goal that if I became an MP, I would help all the people as best I could,” said Jubari. “After I was elected, the first thing I thought to do was to establish an office in the middle of Dhamar. After that, I thought that besides serving citizens I had to inform them; so we started a newspaper,” he said.

“We also came up with the idea of a collective wedding in which my son was one of the grooms.” “Before I was elected, I had developed my own platform that dealt with the issues directly related to the constituency—specifically, the establishment of a Parliamentary Office within the constituency,” said al-Sweil.

Al-Sweil described to the group what he believed were five important keys for every MP if he wants to have a successful relationship with his constituency. He has to have a parliamentary and electoral knowledge about the components of his constituency; he should have an analysis social and political reading on the political structure of his constituency and the relationships important to them; he should have a plan and a prioritized program to address the major problems of the region; he should have a list of the characters, organizations, and political parties in the constituency; and he should have a committee composed of five persons to support him.

The participants generally agreed that an MP representing an urban area faces different circumstances than one from a rural area. “This could be due to many factors: social, economic, and political. A disparity in the level of education may require special considerations,” said Ali Abo Holaiqah, head of the constitutional committee. Carlo Binda, NDI deputy country director, explained how such a problem is dealt with in Canada. “We have some members who represent cities and some who represent vast rural constituencies.

One of the ways in which we deal with vast distances that need to be approached is that they have differential funding for constituency operations so instead of getting one lump some for the operation of the constituency office; they break it down on cost items,” he said. “It helps those people who live in rural Canada with more resources to be able to reach remote locations. But the single most important thing about that source of funding is that it cannot be used for partisan purposes.”

“The main concern for constituents in rural areas is to have infrastructure facilities such as roads, health care centers, etc. MPs are required to play the role of local councilors,” he added. The lack of technical support was a major issue among the MPs; as a result NDI offered all available technical support to help them run their offices efficiently.

NDI has prepared a video that explains an MP’s role as a part of the working Yemeni government. “The video was shown to some school children in Mr. Abdul-Aziz Jubari’s constituency, and they found it very helpful,” said Binda. NDI offered to come to the assembled MPs’ constituencies to show the video and assist them in discussions with constituents about the role of the MP. “The video will be available for everybody,” said Binda.

For MPs who have staff in constituency offices, NDI will try to arrange a three-day workshop. MPs should bring their staff, and they are also welcomed to join them. The dialogue ended in general agreement on the need for MPs to open their own offices.

It was also agreed that the MP should refrain from partisan politics, to better represent his citizens; they should help their citizens overcome partisanship; and apply decentralization of power, which gives an MP more authority.

Yemeni Parliamentary Committee on Al-Jaashen

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:47 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2007

When all else fails, blame the JMP. The standard operating practice.

Meanwhile these are citizens and Parliament is supposed to be their representatives, their voice, their vested power.

From the Yemen Observer:

The parliamentary committee charged with investigating the al-Ja’ashin case concluded that the whole affair was simply a politically motivated case of revenge against Sheikh Mohammed al-Mansour. The campaign was waged “by the Joint Meeting Parties in general, and Islah in particular, to take revenge against a sheikh that beat them in the region,” said committee head Sheikh Mohammed ben Naji al-Shaif in his report to the parliament on Monday.

“They exaggerated the case and make it bigger than it was. The al-Ja’ashin people were not forced to leave their homes; they did it as a sort of protest,” he said. However five MPs from the committee resigned from the committee in protest of the lack of cooperation by the concerned authorities. Mohammed al-Shaddadi, Ali al-Amrani, Dr. Saleh al-Sanabani, Ali Abdu Rabu al-Qadi and Sakhar al-Wajeeh all resigned from the committee. “We questioned the governor of Ibb, but he said that he did know anything; then he said that committee had gotten involved for political reasons, al-Wajeeh said.

“We resigned lest we give the protesters a false hope in this matter,” he said. “There are many people who stood by the Sheikh Mohammed al-Mansour sabotage the case; so we resigned to put this fact in front of the parliament,” he said. “Also there were some members of the committee that publicized their opinions even before the investigation began,” he said. The governor of Ibb, Ali al-Qaisy, said that he did not hear anything about the case until he saw it on the Arab satellite channels.

None of the al-Ja’ashin people ever complained to him about any alleged abuses, and instead went straight to the media in the capital, he said. He feels that this case was politically motivated. Yemen Observer could not reach the governor of Ibb by phone. Al-Shaif said that the five MP’s who resigned from the committee presented weak justifications for their protest. “Is it possible that the governor in Ibb, the prosecution, the security and the education center are corrupt and lying?” he asked.

Al-Shaif believes that the five MPs are exaggerating and that they are biased toward the interests of the JMP and Islah. Meanwhile, Al-Wajeeh expressed his deep sadness at the situation of Yemen. “I personally feel that the injustice in Yemen is supported not only socially, but also officially, all the authorities in Ibb governorate, and also in Sana’a, are siding with the unjust sheikh.” The Yemeni Coalition of Civil Societies will support the protesters who will gather in front of the parliament for the fifth time on February 27 in protest of the committee’s results.

“Al-Shaif’s statement represents his own personal view. He is the head of the committee to run it, but can not announce a decision on the committee’s behalf when most of its members quit,” said Abdul-Rahman Barman, a lawyer at HOOD organization, which has been a vocal supporter of the al-Ja’ashin people. The al-Ja’ashin people, who are from Ibb, claimed that Sheikh Mohammed al-Mansour extorted money from them and forcibly confiscated their lands, under various pretexts, such as for paying Zakat.

The sheikh, as well as the local authorities, denied their claims and said that they were fabricating the charges for political purposes. The Al-Ja’ashin people have protested four times in front of parliament to call for the formation of an investigatory committee to look into their case. Last week, a parliamentary committee was formed.

Al-Jaashin Sheik Imprisons, Kidnaps, Taxes and Steals from Villagers: Report

Filed under: GPC, Parliament, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:48 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2007

So of course the committee is dissolved and replaced.

from Al-Shawa: The Parliament authorized on Wednesday 4 parliamentarians to join the ex-formed committee for investigating al-Jaashin events.

It authorized Ali Ashal ,Abdul Hodaifi , Himiar al-Ahimer and Abdul-Aziz Jobari to join the ex-committee including Sakhr al-Wajeh, Mohammad al-Shadadi , Ali al-Amrani and Saleh al-Sbabni .

The parliament presidency board ruled out Wednesday a report prepared by the ex-committee, labeling it as biasing.

The report affirmed that the so-called sheikh, Mohammad Mansour, and his gang have detained, kidnapped many people, imprisoned them in his special prisons and enforced high duties and taxes on them. It also indicated that people who the committee met said that the sheikh and his group raided their houses, looted their contents, terrorized women and children and seized their lands, cows and sheep.

The report further said that the committee wanted to meet the so-called sheikh, but he refused that and sent his grandson who in turn accused papers, parties and civil society organizations of defaming their reputation .

The committee members said that they find no cooperation form the interior minister and the governor of Ibb who prevented the committee from investigating the events, accusing it of spurring the displaced people to stay in the camp based in Sana’a .

Aden Cemetery Update

Filed under: GPC, South Yemen, Yemen, land disputes — by Jane Novak at 8:55 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2007

Well they released the arrested protesters. That’s some good news.

from the Yemen Observer: “The detainees who were arrested by the security of Aden were released on Sunday after protests were held in some governorates by the families of the dead buried in the cemetery of Tariq camp in Aden. They were arrested after a peaceful demonstration in protest against the security’s actions of digging in the cemetery,” said Khaled al-Anesi, the executive manager of HOOD organization and one of the lawyers who was working on this case.

The cemetery of Tariq Camp contains the remains of socialist party members executed at the camp in 1986. Aden security forces began digging up the cemetery last week, to convert the space into a garden. The families of the deceased formed a protest in order to stop the activities of the security forces. They were subsequently arrested. Protesters across the country demonstrated on Saturday demanding the release of those arrested. “The cemetery for the martyrs of the events of January 13, 1986 is known to everyone, but it was being dug up by the security under the pretext that it would be transformed into a garden, or would be sold to investors,” al-Anesi said.

The protesters expressed strong condemnation of the previous arrests in what they described as an arbitrary procedure and a flagrant violation of the rights of protesters that are guaranteed by the constitution and local laws, according to a statement issued by the protest committee. “The families of dead objected to this humiliating action, so they protest in a peaceful way at the cemetery. But security tried to evacuate the cemetery by force, using weapons and arresting several people,” al-Anesi said. “A Parliamentary committee went to inspect the situation and came up with some solutions, such as determining the borders of the cemetery to be part of a memorial and a visiting place, and put the garden next to it.”

“We were surprised after the agreement; the security arrested persons in dramatic way by drawing their weapons and preventing them from visiting the grounds. Security has no authority to do this work and they should be referred to the prosecution,” al-Anesi said. The statement denied that the protesters were causing riots or throwing rocks at the Works office, as alleged by local officials. The Governor of Aden, Ahmad al-Quhlani, told Yemen Observer that there is no cemetery at Tariq, but that this place was a camp the past.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh directed there to be a garden built at this camp, he said. “Some men appeared and said that there were bodies of people who were in the socialist party uprising and were executed at this camp, so we called the socialist party chief and decided to put a fence around the cemetery and the case is now over,” he said.

Stealing a cemetery is so pathetic.

GPC trashes JMP over Saada

Filed under: GPC, Political Opposition, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:28 am on Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Trying to link the political opposition to the “stooges who have sold themselves to Satan in order to harm the homeland and its interest,” as Saleh calls the Houthis.

Almotamar.net – An official source at the General People’s Congress (GPC)’s General Secretariat described Wednesday the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP)’s statement on the stand towards the sabotage acts carried out by armed terrorist elements in some areas of Saada as “scandal”.

The source played down the importance of what the statement contained, saying the stance announced in the name of the JMP member parties just implies the orientation of some beneficiary and opportunist leaderships inside the JMP. Those leaderships’ interests and trends are connected to eruption of commotion, adding the statement contradicts the stands of the JMP parties’ bases that align against all that targets the homeland security and stability. (Read on …)

Car Accident Kills GPC Founder

Filed under: GPC, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:46 am on Monday, February 19, 2007

The roads are really bad:

Almotamar.net - The leadership of the General People’s Congress (GPC) mourned Tuesday the former member of parliament Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Zaid al-Samawi, one of the prominent leaders of the GPC in the governorate of Ibb. Al-Samawi died on Tuesday in n a road accident at the area of Maabar while he was on his way to Sana’a.

Al-Samawi is one of the founding leaders of the GPC and had assumed many posts in the state, among them deputy governor of Ibb, then advisor of the governorate in addition to his membership at the first parliament after the Yemeni unity.

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