Sana'a, Mar 10, 2011- The General People’s congress (GPC) of the Republic of Yemen is deeply disappointed by the decision of the opposition coalition, Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), which rejected the third Presidential initiative aimed at political and national reconciliation. The new initiative, announced earlier today, during a public speech by H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh included the following points:
Creation of a legislative and national committee to draft a new constitution, emphasizing on the separation of powers and to call for an early referendum at the end of this year (2011).
Transition into a parliamentary system of governing in which cabinet members are drawn from the elected members of the Parliament and Shoura councils. Therefore, executive powers will be delegated to the newly elected government by the end of this year (2011) or early next year (2012).
Enhancing decentralization of governing by devolving full financial and administrative authorities to local governing bodies.
Creation of new regions utilizing economic and geographical factors. Furthermore, announce a call to form a national reconciliation government. In addition, reform election law and adapt the electoral system of proportional representation.
Promote reconciliation between the legislative members of the opposition and ruling parties, to implement the new electoral law and establish a new independent Supreme Committee for Elections and Referendum.
Source: Yemen Post