Sana'a- Mar 1, 2011- The Government of the Republic of Yemen says it is disappointed at the announcement by JMP (Opposition Bloc) that it has no intention of participating in a coalition government. The government strongly believes that dialogue is the cornerstone of any political reconciliation agreement. Unfortunately, JMP quickly rejected the newly proposed eight point plan. Earlier yesterday, the Committee of Religious Scholars working with the President of the Republic and senior members of the ruling party, formulated the rejected plan. The plan included the following:
1. All parties are to end demonstrations and sit-ins to bring an end to streets congestion, preventing chaos, destruction of public and private properties.
2. All parties are to end inciting and provocative media campaigns in order to create a suitable environment for national dialogue.
3. Establishment of a mediation committee to end political disputes. Five prominent judges will be selected to the committee. GPC will choose two Judges, JMP will also select two and the Committee of Religious Scholars will choose the fifth member.
4. The release of prisoners who has not been proven guilty or don’t have pending court cases .
5. Forming a national unity government (coalition government).
6. Intensifying anti-corruption investigations and activities by speeding up the prosecution of pending cases.
7. The withdrawal of the current election and referendum laws. Parliament will have to approve a new law with the consensus of both parties (Ruling & Opposition).
8. The Withdrawal of proposed constitutional amendments.
Furthermore, a Presidential directive established an investigatory committee into the recent outbreaks of violence in the City of Aden. The committee will be headed by Minister of State Abdulqader Helal and includes Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Minister of Local Affairs, Chairwoman of the National Womens' Commettie and Dean of the Lawyers Union.
Source: Yemen Post