Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yemen ruling party recommends forming new government

SANAA, March 27 (Reuters) - Yemen's ruling party recommended forming a new government to draft a new constitution based on a parliamentary system in line with reform offers by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, state media said on Sunday. "Members of the central committee of the People's Congress stress the quick need to form a government tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country on the basis of a parliamentary system," the news website of the defense ministry said.

Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmer: Assassination Plans Target Important Figures in Yemen

By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a, Mar 27, 2011- Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmer, the head of Hashed tribe revealed that there is an agenda to carry out assassinations against Yemen's important figures.

In a message given to President Ali Abdullah Saleh , Sheikh Al-Ahmer said there are assassination plans in the country to target political and business figures.

Two days ago, police in the United Arab Emirates thwarted an attempt to smuggle pistols to Yemen, where the popular uprising demanding the ouster of the regime is gaining further momentum.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khlafan, Dubai police chief, said the police arrested a network while trying to traffic the 16000 guns from Turkey to Yemen's Sa'ada province, the stronghold of the Shiite Houthi Group with which the government reached a ceasefire earlier last year ending a six-year war in the far north.

Six Arabs living in the United Arab Emirates were arrested, Khalfan said, declining to say to whom the weapons had been shipped specifically.

"However, the shipment was not planned to be received by the Yemeni government," he said.

I think the pistols were planned to be used for assassinations, said Khalfan, wondering: how could the people who are striving for bread arrange millions in USD to buy all these guns?

President Saleh : No more concessions from now on

SANA'A, March 27 (Saba)- President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Sunday that he would not offer more concessions in future.

This came in President Saleh's speech at the fourth session of the General People's Congress (GPC)'s Standing Committee held Sunday in the Police College in the capital Sana'a and attended by over one thousand GPC members.

He noted that all concessions have been made by him so far were not decided individually, but in coordination and agreement with the GPC's leadership.

In his speech ,Saleh referred to the importance of this session, which is being held under difficult conditions experienced by the homeland.

He reviewed the latest developments over the past two months that led to the recent crisis, pointing that since the presidential election in 2006 ,the situation escalates gradually within the Yemeni arena, demonstrations and sit-ins.

Democracy means that people breath and talk reasonably within national principles, but they went too far and misunderstood democracy, he added.

"I derive my strength from the people, not from the tank", he said.

Saleh stated that al-Qaeda, Houthi rebels, joint meeting parties (JMP) and those who left the army have become in an alliance against the regime and the majority.

He emphasized "if we stand up together to face this challenge ,the crisis will end."

The president warned of sectarian and tribal strife if the opposition continued to reject the solutions provided by him, including his acceptance of the eight points presented by scholars and what came in his recent initiatives at the parliament and the general national congress.

Who must depart is the one who conspires the country, not the owner of constitutional legitimacy, said Saleh.

"Brothers in the opposition propose a condition that if the president departs power, he should not communicate with the people, and this reflects their fears", said Saleh expressing his regret for such intransigent conditions.

He renewed the call for dialogue and agreement on a peaceful transfer of power .

Bodies of kidnapped German couple may have been found in Yemen

Sana'a, Mar 27, 2011- According to an unconfirmed media report, the bodies of a German couple kidnapped two years ago may have been found in Yemen. The pair was among nine people, including their three children, kidnapped in 2009.

An unconfirmed report from Germany's public broadcaster MDR suggest that the bodies of a German couple kidnapped in Yemen in 2009 may have been found.

According to the report, relatives found through Twitter messages from their own contacts in Yemen information regarding bodies that had been discovered that could be those of the couple. The family said the new news was more plausible than previous information they had come across.

On Sunday, the German foreign ministry said that there were "tips and rumors," but nothing verifiable or concrete.

The German embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa is looking into the new information but the current unrest in the country has made verifying the information difficult, especially as the embassy has reduced its staff to a minimum.

On June 9, 2009 a British engineer, two German nurses and a South Korean teacher were kidnapped along with the German couple and their three children.

Both nurses and the teacher were later found dead, but in May of last year, the German couple's two daughters were released near the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia and picked up by Saudi authorities.

But no information surfaced about the whereabouts of the couple and their son.

Source: AFP and Reuters

GPC: President Saleh will Stay until his Term Expires

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By Fatik Al-Rodaini

Sana'a, Mar 27, 2011, Yemen's ruling General People Congress party, (GPC), affirmed on Sunday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will stay until his presidential term expires in 2013.

In a statement by the ruling party which came after a meeting President Saleh had with members of the General People Congress, it discussed the ongoing political crisis, and affirmed Saleh's right to stay in power. The statement renewed the calls for the opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Party, JMP, to resume the dialogue for the sake of the country.

President Saleh has been facing escalating protests since mid February demanding the fall of Saleh's regime.